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Aching or painful teeth

There are different types of dental pain and a number of possible causes. Short-lived pain from hot or cold food or drinks can be due to tooth sensitivity. This can sometimes be solved by using specialist toothpastes, but if not it should be investigated further by a dentist. Lingering pain or pain with biting pressure may indicate dental decay or cracked/broken teeth/fillings. Please come and see us to hopefully stop the problem before it worsens. Constant severe pain may indicate nerve problems within a tooth or infection of some type. This sort of pain needs to be treated right away or it can get out of control.

Anxiety and nervousness

We know that many people of all ages get very nervous visiting the dentist. If you have such worries, please let us know, as we want to do our best to put you at ease during your visit. We do use techniques to minimise any discomfort, like Conscious Sedation such as the for local anaesthetics. If you are based in the City of London and are looking for sedation, then Cap City Dental has gas and air which is a very successful means of reducing anxiety,

Bad breath

Bad breath can have a number of causes. Sometimes the odour is simply due to foods we eat, such as garlic, onions or spicy food. This is not permanent and can be masked by good tooth brushing, sugar-free gum/mints or mouthwashes. Underlying tooth and gum problems may also cause bad breath. Food debris getting caught between teeth excessively or tooth decay can cause bad breath, as can gum disease. These problems can often be readily treated and our hygienists can help you get a good oral health care routine with correct brushing and – importantly – interdental cleaning, which may banish the problem completely. If you think your breath is a problem, please come and speak to us about it. There is no need to be embarrassed. See

Dry mouth

This is becoming increasingly common. It can be a side effect of some medications or can be associated with medical conditions or ageing. Symptoms can be eased by sipping water regularly, chewing sugar-free gum or using artificial saliva sprays if severe. Saliva is very important in keeping teeth and gums healthy, so if you have a dry mouth problem let us know.

Jaw pain or headaches

Headaches and facial pains can often be due to problems within the jaw joint (Temporomandibular joint –TMJ). If you suffer from such problems it is worth speaking to us about it.  We can examine the jaw and how your teeth come together and if there are any problems, we can advise on the best way to help them.

Sore or bleeding gums

Bleeding, painful, swollen gums can indicate gum disease, which is very common but if untreated can progress and cause extensive loss of teeth. Plaque build-up on the teeth (plaque is a layer of bacteria) irritates the gums, making them red and swollen. The early stage is gingivitis, which affects the soft gum only and can be easily treated by professional cleaning and showing you how to control the plaque. More

If it progresses to the more serious stage of periodontitis, it may cause the gums to shrink away from your teeth and destroy the bone supporting then. Your teeth may loosen and eventually fall out. 

Working with you, we can help to slow down or even stop gum disease from progressing, with good oral hygiene routines and regular professional cleaning. Rubbing or poorly fitting dentures can also cause sore gums. Please make an appointment if you are having gum trouble and we will do our best to help you.

Tooth accidentally knocked out

If your tooth is knocked out, you should seek emergency dental help as soon as possible. The quicker you are treated, the better the chance of saving the tooth.  Handle the tooth by the crown (top part), not the root. Do not rinse/clean it – either transport it in your own mouth (cheek pouch – not recommended for children) or put it in a cup of milk.

Tooth grinding

This is surprisingly common, affecting nearly half of us at times – particularly at night when we are sleeping.  It can cause sore facial muscles, headaches, earaches, neck pain, jaw pain and tooth pain. It can also wear down our teeth and cause breakages. There are many causes of tooth clenching or grinding and if you are suffering any of these problems, please visit us for some advice and so that we can examine you for any possible underlying dental causes. We often provide small, inexpensive custom-made mouth guards to wear (usually at night) which reduce wear and pressure on teeth and jaws and alleviate symptoms. More advanced problems may need different solutions, which again we can advise you on.