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Caring for Your New Dental Filling: Tips for a Healthy Smile

Dental fillings are a standard restorative dental treatment for repairing teeth damaged caused by trauma or decay. After receiving a new filling, it is imperative to care for your teeth to ensure the filling lasts as long as possible and to maintain good oral health. This article will provide you with aftercare tips for your new dental filling.

1. Avoid Hard and Sticky Food

Your tooth may be sensitive and tender after a filling, so avoiding hard and sticky foods for at least 24-48 hours is best. These types of foods can damage your new filling or cause it to dislodge. Instead, opt for soft foods like soup or yogurt.

2. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Brush and floss twice daily to maintain good oral hygiene. Be gentle when brushing around the filling to avoid damaging it. A soft-bristled toothbrush will help prevent decay and strengthen your teeth.

3. Use Fluoride Mouthwash

Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash can help prevent decay and strengthen your teeth. It is especially important after receiving a new filling. Consult your dental professional on which fluoride mouthwash to use.

4. Avoid Grinding Your Teeth

Grinding your teeth can damage your new filling or cause it to dislodge. If you tend to grind your teeth, see a dentist about getting a mouthguard to wear at night.

5. Monitor for Any Signs of Problems

If you experience any pain or sensitivity around the filling, or if the filling feels loose or broken, contact your dentist immediately. Putting off treatment may lead to further damage and more complex dental work.

6. Attend Regular Dental Check-Ups

Regular dental check-ups are necessary to maintain good oral health and ensure your filling is in good condition. Your dentist can monitor the filling and detect any potential problems.

7. Avoid Smoking

Smoking can weaken teeth and increase the risk of decay and gum disease. It can also stain your teeth and cause bad breath. If you smoke, think about quitting the habit to improve your oral health and well-being.

8. Limit Sugary and Acidic Food and Drinks

Consuming sugary and acidic food and beverages will erode your teeth and increase the risk of decay. Limit your intake of sugary sodas, sports drinks, and candy. Instead, opt for water or milk and choose fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks.

9. Use a Straw

Using a straw when drinking acidic or sugary beverages can help minimize contact with your teeth, reducing the risk of erosion and decay. A straw can limit the exposure of your teeth to harmful substances found in these drinks. 

10. Report Any Problems to Your Dentist

If you have problems with your dental filling, such as pain, sensitivity, or a loose filling, report them to your dentist at once. Early treatment can prevent further damage and ensure your filling stays in good condition.

In Summary

Caring for your new dental filling will ensure it lasts as long as possible and maintain good oral health. Avoid hard and sticky foods, practice good oral hygiene, use fluoride mouthwash, avoid grinding your teeth, monitor for any signs of problems, attend regular dental check-ups, avoid smoking, and limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks. With these tips, you can keep your dental filling in shape and maintain a healthy, happy smile.

Weston Dental Specialists Group offers a wide range of dental services, including dental fillings, to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Our cosmetic dentists and hygienists are dedicated to offering the highest quality dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. Call (781) 894-0347 to book a dental appointment.

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