Getting a filling is a common dental procedure done to repair cavities or minor areas of damage. We use tooth-colored fillings, which are amalgam-free and blend in naturally with your smile. After getting the procedure, it’s important to take proper measures to protect your tooth filling. You want to make sure it lasts as long as possible, so your smile remains healthy and strong. Here are a few tips:
- Avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods: After getting a filling, your tooth may be sensitive for a few days. To prevent damaging it, avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods like ice, hard candy, or caramel.
- Practice good oral hygiene: Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent new cavities from forming. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently clean your teeth.
- Rinse with saltwater: To reduce swelling and inflammation in your mouth, rinse with saltwater several times a day. Simply mix a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out.
- Use a fluoride mouthwash: Fluoride mouthwash can help strengthen your teeth and protect against decay. At your appointment, ask if a fluoride mouthwash is right for you and how often you should use it.
- Avoid grinding your teeth: Grinding your teeth can cause damage to your fillings and lead to further dental problems. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, we can create a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth.
- Attend regular dental check-ups: Visit us every six months for a cleaning and exam will ensure your filling is in good condition and your teeth are healthy.
- Watch out for signs of problems: If you experience any pain, sensitivity, or discomfort around the filled tooth, contact us immediately. These symptoms could indicate that the filling has become loose or that there is a new cavity forming.
It’s important to protect your tooth filling to maintain good oral health and prolong its life. For more personalized tips, schedule your next checkup as soon as possible. We can review steps that are ideal for you and your overall oral care habits.