Changes to Expect as a Result of Coronavirus

Dr. Ted Beitelschees explains some of the changes you can expect in the Westgate Family Dental office in response to Coronavirus. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. 419.578.4110. Our office office hours are Mon 8 - 6, Tue 8 - 2, Wed 8 - 5, Thu 8 - 5.

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Thank goodness for your detective-sharp powers of discernment. You found that cavity and stopped it in it’s tracks. Which means you’ve saved time and money by avoiding more substantial treatments should you have let it keep growing. And more importantly, you’ve saved your tooth! Here are some ways to keep that tooth happy:

Start by staying away from hot liquids and avoid chewing altogether. Since your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours still, you could burn your mouth or otherwise injure it and not even know until the anesthetic wears off.

Since you may feel some pressure sensitivity and soreness, here are some other tips to help you out over the next 24 hours.

Don’t chew hard foods like:

  • pretzels
  • hard candy
  • nuts
  • ice cubes

Don’t chew directly on a silver filling for 24 hours. White fillings set faster; don’t be afraid to chew on that side today. Rinse 3 times a day for several days to alleviate pain and swelling.

Ouch!

Feeling a little sensitive to hot and cold? Sore gums? No worries; it’s normal. Here’s our favorite home remedy to reduce pain and swelling. It really works!

  • 8 oz glass of warm water
  • ½ tsp of salt

Mix it up and use it to rinse your mouth 3 times each day. It’ll speed up the healing process and your mouth will thank you!

Call us right away if you have persistent pain, an uneven bite or other concerns. We are here to help!