Making Fillings Last Longer
The different types of dental fillings – amalgam, composites, gold and porcelain inlays – are all viable filling options. They each, however, have their advantages and disadvantages. You can significantly increase the longevity of fillings if you understand the value of dental filling care and what it entails.
It is no different than caring for the rest of your teeth in order to prevent cavities and tooth decay. However, you can prevent re-infecting the tooth and thus prolonging the life of the affected tooth.
Here are some tips in caring for teeth whether they have fillings or not.
- Brush at least twice daily and floss at least once. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. Use gentle, circular motions when brushing especially in and around the dental filling. Flossing well will eliminate debris and buildup in between teeth, including those with filling.
- Rinse with an alcohol-free, therapeutic mouthrinse to reduce oral bacteria in the mouth. Remember that bacteria can sometimes be reintroduced into filled cavities in as much as when food debris is left behind on intact teeth for bacteria to thrive on.
- Limit your consumption of sugary, sticky snacks and choose healthier options. High sugar and starch-containing foods can stick around longer. They can be detrimental to filled cavities as well.
- Instead of sodas and juices, opt for water instead. Remember that these beverages are acidic and, if they linger in your mouth, the acidity can weaken the enamel; even the enamel of teeth with dental filling.
- Avoid biting down on hard foods and chewing ice. You can easily break a tooth, cause cracks or chips to appear on enamel and weakening them. More so if you have a cavity-filled tooth, the enamel may be further weakened in which bacteria can gain access.
- Avoid foods that stain enamel, like coffee and tea, red wine and certain fruits. Wasah down with water when you do indulge in these food types. Tobacco products can also stain teeth. Some fillings can easily be stained and can look unsightly.
- See a dentist at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings.
Caring For Your Fillings in Downtown Seattle
When you have your fillings with us in downtown Seattle, you’ll get your best and most suitable option, plus doable care tips to make your fillings last for a longer time.