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O'Brien Celine
Dublin - Common Dental Problems

Cosmetic Dentistry & Smile Makeovers * Comprehensive Dental Care* Emergency Appointment * Tooth Whitening *Crowns * Bridges * Veneers * Root Canal Treatments * Implant Dentistry

51 Grafton Street Dublin 2 Co. Dublin

Common Problems

Bad Breath

Bad breath is a common problem and has a number of causes. Quite often people who think they have bad breath simply smell of the foods they have been eating, such as garlic, onions or spicy food. Brushing your teeth, eating sugar-free mints or using mouthwash may help to mask this odour, but it will only go completely in its own time.


Other types of bad breath tend to be caused by problems with your teeth and gums. Food can get caught between your teeth and cause an offensive smell, and decaying teeth can also smell unpleasant. Gum disease, where bacteria infect your gums, can also cause bad breath.


A good oral healthcare routine can help to prevent problem smells. This means brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between teeth and around the gumline with an interdental cleaner, and cleaning your tongue (with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper). You should also visit your dentist and hygienist as often as recommended to ensure potential problems are noticed and treated early.


If you think you may have bad breath, please do come and speak to us about it. There is no need to be embarrassed – we will be happy to help you.

Painful Teeth

There are a number of different types of dental pain, as well as a number of causes. Temporary pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods can be caused by sensitive teeth. Often this problem can be alleviated by using a toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth, but if after a few weeks it has not got any better please come and see us.


Lingering pain or toothache, or a sharp pain when biting down, is usually an indication that the tooth is decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. Please arrange an appointment to see us as soon as you can so we can stop the problem from getting any worse.


Constant and severe pain may mean that you have an abscess caused by an infection. You should see us as soon as possible – we will be able to immediately provide treatment to reduce the pain, and then consider the treatment options once the pain has subsided.

Hints And Tips

Tooth Knocked Out?

Whatever the circumstances, if your tooth is knocked out you should seek emergency dental help immediately – the quicker you are treated the greater the chance of saving the tooth. When handling the tooth, hold it by the crown (the top bit) and not the root. Do not rinse or clean it – either hold it in your cheek (not recommended for children) or put it in a glass of milk.

After Extraction

DO NOT rinse your mouth out excessively on the same day as the extraction. Excessive rinsing encourages bleeding. You may feel sharp edges in the socket with your tongue and small fragments of bone may work loose. This is normal. If you have been given antibiotics you must finish the course even if the pain and/or swelling has disappeared.


It is very important that you keep your mouth as clean as possible. Rinse out your mouth as often as possible (after every meal if you can) with hot water and salt. This will promote faster and cleaner healing.


If severe pain starts a day or so after an extraction it probably means that you have a DRY SOCKET. This is a very painful condition and affects at random a small proportion of extractions. It means that there will be delayed healing. Pain and a bad taste are the usual main features. Dry sockets never last longer than two weeks and are usually healed well inside that time. If your dry socket is very painful please contact the practice: we can easily treat it and make it more comfortable.



Use cotton wool or a handkerchief to make a firm pad an inch thick. Place the pad into the bleeding socket from tongue side to cheek side. Bite firmly to compress the pad on the bleeding socket for 15 to 20 minutes without disturbing.

Do not lie down or panic as this will increase the blood supply to the head and make the bleeding more pronounced. It is advisable to keep sitting up. If your efforts are unsuccessful after 2 to 3 hours, contact the practice.


O'Brien Celine Dublin

51 Grafton Street Dublin 2 Co. Dublin
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