New Zealanders have a choice of two ways to get dental treatment: tooth extraction or tooth filling.
While the former is generally the most common, it’s also the least effective and is more likely to cause complications.
What you should know about these options: How to use a tooth extractor What you can do about tooth extractors and their use, including how to dispose of dental waste.
What’s a tooth?
How to tell if you have one.
What dental health professionals should know.
What to expect when filling a tooth.
Read more about tooth filling in New Zealand.
What you should do about teethWhen you get your first tooth extracted from your mouth, there are a few things you should remember.
Firstly, there is no need to have a procedure done by a dentist, or to fill the cavity with toothpaste.
Instead, you can take a piece of tooth, cut it off and use it as a toothbrush.
This will help reduce the risk of infection.
Secondly, it can be quite painful, as you will be able to feel the tooth.
Thirdly, you will likely have a longer period between teeth being extracted.
Finally, you may need to use your mouth more often, so check in regularly.
The safest and most effective way to use tooth extraction is to use it when your teeth are full.
What to do about dental wasteWhat about dental care?
It’s important to keep a safe distance from any dental waste, especially if you are using a tooth extraction procedure.
This is because there is the risk that your teeth could become contaminated with dental decay.
In addition, if you put any dentures in your mouth while you are doing a tooth filling, they could end up being contaminated by the decay.
For example, toothpaste can end up with bacteria, and so can dental floss.
If you’re not sure if you should keep any dental products in your house, talk to your dentist or get a free kit from your dental practitioner.
Read about the health risks of dental decay, and how to clean your mouth.
If you have a sore or bleeding gums, you should use a dentist who has expertise in this area.
The dentist can perform a simple test, and if it confirms your gums are infected, they may prescribe a topical antibiotic and a topical gel to try to reduce your risk of spreading the infection.
For some people, tooth filling may not be as effective, and they should consult with a dental hygienist to make sure the procedure is right for them.
What’s a dental kit?
What to do if you can’t afford a kitWhat to tell your dentistIf you can no longer afford to pay for your dentist, you might be able try to get a kit from the health care provider.
They can provide you with a tooth or extractor and other dental supplies, and can also advise you about how best to dispose your dental waste safely.
Some kits also include a tooth paste, and a few can also contain mouthwash.
You might want to look at the kit carefully.
You should also make sure it’s labelled appropriately for you, and that it doesn’t contain any potentially harmful substances.
You’ll also need to keep an eye on how the dental kit is stored.
You may need more information if you’re unsure about where to send your kit, and you should make sure you get advice about how to return it to the health service.
What dental care advice is there?
There are lots of different types of dental care, but you might also be interested in the following:How to fill a tooth with tooth pasteWhat to eat after a tooth removalHow to treat a toothacheWhat to know when it’s time to flush your mouthA comprehensive guide to using a dental cleaning kitWhat do you need help with?
If you have any questions about dental hygiene, or about what to do in case of an emergency, talk with your dentist.