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Your Questions About Can Swallowing A Tooth Hurt You

Lizzie asks…

How much of my severe toothache is my fault?

I got a filling two years ago, but I think bacteria was able survive the cleaning before my tooth was filled (dentist’s fault). The tooth is supposed to be thoroughly disinfected before it’s sealed with the filling, but obviously something got through and it’s destroying my mouth. I’m pretty sure it’s infected and spreading to my jaw, throat (it hurts to swallow + swelling) and surrounding teeth. I got braces in November and I’ll admit I don’t floss everyday (my fault), but would that explain a problem at the ROOT & PULP of my teeth where food particles don’t even reach? It’s decaying internally, not externally so whose fault is it? Mine, the dentist, or both?

Wendy answers:

Its fault on both sides. The dentist should have been more careful when cleaning the area before filling. He should have looked for particles in depth. You must be more careful in taking the right care of your dental structure by flossing regularly. However, for the present it is best to consult a dentist at the earliest.

David asks…

Should my kanker sores cause the tooth in front of it to hurt?

I have two kanker sores in my mouth right in front of one of my lower teeth, and they hurt a lot but is it normal for the tooth in front of it to be hurting too?

Also does anyone know any medication i can put on them to numb them some or make them hurt less? ive been using Zilactin-B but it always rubs up against my lip/gum and comes right off.

Wendy answers:

Milk of magnesia helps with the acidity and makes them hurt less just rinse your mouth with it though no swallowing

Robert asks…

Can you swallow solid food like a pill after having your wisdom teeth taken out?

I know for the first few days you‘re only supposed to have a liquid diet, but would it be okay to take really small portions of a food and swallow it like a pill, without chewing, so that it wouldn’t get in the holes? For instance, really tiny pieces of tuna, shredded cheese, bread, or marshmallows?

Wendy answers:

As long as you’re confident doing that with out getting food stuck then its fine to abd wobt hurt as long as you swallow small enough bits. Goto a pharmicist or a drug store and get a syringe (the ones without the needle) and squirt water at holes after every meal to wash them out… Just to make sure

Charles asks…

How can I stop grinding my teeth?

My dentist told me a while ago that I clench my jaw a lot which puts pressure on my teeth. I bought a mouth gaurd as per his instructions, and I wear it as often as possible but sometimes I forget or it comes out in the night. Lately my jaw and several of my teeth have really started hurting, I think I may have cracked a tooth because it hurts constanly. I don’t know how to stop! Has anyone else had this problem?

Wendy answers:

Here’s what you can do to try to stop bruxing and to cope with discomfort until you do:

Wear a night guard. Your dentist can make a plastic or acrylic appliance for you to wear at night. Although it may not stop you from grinding, it will redistribute the forces from grinding and protect your teeth from damage. Your dentist will want to see you regularly to check for any tooth movement or cavities that might result from wearing such an appliance. Keep in mind, however, that in order for the night guard to do any good, you must remember to put it in.

Keep your lips sealed, but your teeth apart. Your teeth should be touching only when you’re chewing or swallowing. Drop your jaw and feel the muscles relax — then try to maintain that feeling.

Take a warm bath before bedtime. The warmth of the water may temporarily relax your jaw muscles.

Exercise. Your body, not your jaw, that is. A walk or other mild exercise may help relieve some of the tension and stress that’s causing bruxism.

Remind yourself. If you’re a daytime clencher, think of ways to remind yourself not to clench. For example, you can put a red dot on your phone, stickers on your wristwatch, or even a string on your finger to remind you to keep your jaw relaxed.

Relieve stress. Stress is a major contributor to grinding, so if you can reduce stress, you will likely reduce grinding.

Learn coping skills. See a psychologist or psychiatrist. Take an assertiveness training course. Practice techniques such as progressive relaxation or guided imagery or self hypnosis. Listen to relaxation tapes. In other words, find something that helps you to better handle the stress in your life.

Take a mild analgesic. Ibuprofen, for example, can dull the pain and help relax stiff muscles.

Apply heat. Warm, moist heat is best. The simplest method: Soak a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and hold it up to your jaw. You can use a heating pad, although moist heat will penetrate better.

Massage. It works for the rest of your body, so try a gentle massage to your jaw muscles.

Give your jaw muscles a break. Limit steak, hard-crusted bread, popcorn, gum, and other chewy foods that give your jaw a workout, especially when jaw discomfort is at its worst.

These tips should help you ease your jaw pain and get your bruxism under control before you grind your teeth into dust.

Michael asks…

When a kitten teeths does it hurt them like it hurts a human baby?

If it even bothers them I’m not sure. But my kitten makes us rub his face along his jaw line and sometimes even rubs so we are rubbing his actual gums inside his mouth. He even gnaws sometimes. The vet said last week his big side teeth were coming in at that point and that his front teeth are pretty much all adult ones now. Anyone know?

Wendy answers:

It probably is similar to what humans feel, though cats can’t tell us so we don’t know for sure. Your cat may just like to have his mouth/gums rubbed, though–that could be part of his personality. If he will let you, look in his mouth to make sure the new teeth seem to be coming in straight and that his gums aren’t bleeding–it’s possible there could be something going on that’s causing him more discomfort than normal. He should have all of his adult teeth by the time he’s six months old (the canines come in at 6 months of age, and sometimes you’ll spot him with “double fangs” before the baby teeth fall out–which they usually swallow).

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