Dental fillings are effectively used to treat tooth decay, and can last up to ten years. However, over time dental fillings may become damaged. In order to understand how to prevent damage to dental fillings, it is important to understand what may cause this damage.
5 Common Causes of Damaged Fillings
Neglecting Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is important, especially when you have fillings. Neglecting to care for your oral hygiene correctly could result in damaged fillings and more dental cavities.
Biting and Chewing
Our teeth and jaws have biting and chewing abilities. Consequently, the strength behind our biting and chewing can eventually cause damage to dental fillings.
Regularly Grinding Teeth
Teeth grinding puts intense pressure on teeth, and can easily cause damage to dental fillings.
Eating and Chewing on Hard Foods
Eating hard, sticky foods can quickly cause damage to fillings, as well regularly chewing on hard objects such as fingernails, pen-caps, and straws.
Some dental fillings are made of metal, including silver amalgam. These fillings are sensitive to extreme temperature changes, and may become loose or even crack teeth.
5 Ways to Prevent Damaged Fillings
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
One of the best ways to prevent damaged fillings is to make sure your dental care is a high priority. Be sure to schedule regular appointments and cleanings to keep on top of your oral hygiene.
Brush Teeth Twice a Day
For proper dental care, teeth should be brushed a minimum of twice a day.
Flossing daily and thoroughly can make a huge difference in your dental care.
Avoid Eating and Chewing Hard Foods
To prevent damaging your dental fillings, be sure to avoid eating hard foods or chewing on object such as fingernails, pen-caps, or straws.
Limit Subjecting Your Teeth to Extreme Temperature Changes
If you have fillings made with silver amalgam, be careful of consuming hot and cold foods or liquids back-to-back.
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