What Is Dental Wax?
Also called tooth wax, dental wax is made from beeswax, carnauba wax, or paraffin. At room temperature, the wax is sold but turns soft when you place it in your hands. The wax can stick to sharp or rough surfaces to create a smooth edge.
What Is the Primary Purpose of Dental Wax?
The main use of dental wax is to protect the sensitive areas of the mouth, such as the inside lining of the cheeks, the lips, and the gums. While most dental waxes are flavorless, some of the waxes are flavored with cherry, bubble gum, or mint. Any metal framework, such as loose wires in braces or partial dentures, can be covered with dental wax until you see us to have the problem fixed. You can also, as noted, cover a jagged tooth, or one that is cracked and broken, with the wax.
How Do You Apply Dental Wax?
Before applying tooth wax or dental wax, brush your teeth and wash your hands. Take a pea-sized amount of wax and roll it into a ball in your hands. Soften the wax and flatten the ball of wax into a disc. Place the wax on the jagged or sharp surface and place a little pressure to make it stick. If the wax starts peeling away or is flaking, use more wax as needed. Eat and drink as usual when the wax is in your mouth. If you happen to swallow it, do not worry, as it will not cause you any harm.
Tooth wax is only a temporary solution, so make sure you contact us if you have to have a wire readjusted or a partial denture fixed. Give us a call at a time that is convenient for you. We can always fit you in at a time that works with your busy schedule.