You pay a lot for your dental work, especially for your fillings because they are so common. Because of this, you want to make sure that your fillings not only last, but stay in excellent condition. This stops the cavity from returning and spreading throughout the rest of the tooth.
1. Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods
In order to avoid accidentally ripping off your entire filling or small pieces of your filling, you should most definitely avoid foods that are either very hard or sticky. Try to eliminate hard candies from your diet and be careful when chewing things like ice or nuts. In terms of sticky foods and candy, avoid taffy, Starbursts, toffee, and other sticky candies. If you do eat these things, try to eat very small pieces of them so that there isn't much chewing involved before swallowing.
2. Take Care of Your Teeth
If you don't take care of your teeth, then your fillings will be more likely to breakdown and deteriorate. The sugar on your teeth will turn to plaque and tartar build-up and will weaken the resin composite material that your filling is made of. Thankfully, it is quite simple to avoid this from happening. All you need to do is be consistent with your brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. Also, brush and floss your teeth extra times if you happen to eat something that you know has a large amount of sugar in it because these will stick right to your teeth.
3. Avoid Grinding Your Teeth
If you grind your teeth when you are awake, this is a habit that you need to consciously stop doing. Grinding your teeth not only wears down your teeth, but it can also wear down your fillings as well. This can expose the inside of your teeth where you cavities were, which can lead to another cavity. If you grind your teeth at night, then you may want to consider having your dentist fit you for a nighttime mouth guard. This mouth guard will stop you from grinding your teeth together at night and wearing down your fillings.
By avoiding hard and sticky foods and candies, taking good care of your teeth and keeping them in good oral health, and avoiding grinding your teeth and fillings together, you can help to keep your fillings in great condition and ensure that they last you for as long as possible. If you have more questions about how you can protect your fillings, visit blvdplazadental.com for more information.Share
16 December 2017
Hi, my name is Kevin Nelson and I want to tell you about my experience. I had a painful tooth so I went to see my dentist. After the examination, he said that I needed to have a root canal to save the tooth. I told the dentist to just pull the tooth instead and then he explained why that wasn't a good idea. He said that pulling the tooth would cause additional problems and then he told me what could happen. I didn't want any more problems, so the dentist did the root canal and I'm glad that he did. I wanted to write a blog to tell others about the benefits of a root canal and what to expect during the procedure. I hope that by getting the word out, other people won't make the same mistake that I almost did by getting a perfectly good tooth pulled.