Dental restorations are common procedures most people need during their lifetimes. These include crowns, bridges, dental implants and the most common Dental restoration procedure of all, fillings. Help your fillings help you by following these care tips.
Not all filling procedures are alike, especially if more than two done during any one appointment. Pay attention to the dentist’s aftercare tips. Call to ask for a repeat of the aftercare instructions instead of just guessing. Write the instructions down so that they are not forgotten.
Avoid Hard Foods and Non-Foods
Very hard foods not only can damage fillings or other dental restorations but also can chip or crack natural teeth. Never chew on ice cubes, cough drops, hard candy, hard artesian breads, oyster crackers or peanut brittle. Also avoid chewing on non-food items like pencils, pens or fingernails. Ask a doctor or dentist for tips on how to stop chewing nails.
Avoid Mouthwashes with Alcohol
Many mouthwashes contain alcohol. Unfortunately, alcohol may damage new fillings and other dental restorations. Check all mouthwash’s list of ingredients carefully. If in doubt, leave it out.
Use the Softest Toothbrush You Can Find
It is normal for a mouth may be tender for days after getting a filling or other dental work done. A soft toothbrush helps rid the mouth of bacteria and plaque but is not harsh enough to cause pain to teeth or gums. Everyone still needs to brush twice a day to prevent cavities and bad breath.
Use Gentle Toothpastes
Some types of toothpaste are far too harsh for new fillings or crowns. These toothpastes have baking soda or alcohol in their list of ingredients. Also avoid whitening toothpastes for a few days after getting a new filling as the whiteners may irritate your mouth or the new filling. Always ask your dentist what toothpaste is safe if unsure.
Wait at least one hour before eating after going through a dental restoration procedure. Follow instructions carefully and avoid hard foods. Brush twice a day and floss regularly. Have more questions about taking care of new or old fillings that have not been addressed here? Contact Lewis Family Dentistry today. You can also connect them on Facebook.