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Need Fillings? How To Protect Your Dental Work

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If you need to have your cavities repaired, you'll need to take care of your fillings. Dental fillings are an effective way to repair damage caused by cavities and decay. But, they do need proper care. Without proper care, your fillings might not last as long as they should. If your fillings get compromised, you're at an increased risk for tooth loss. If you've never had dental fillings before, read the list provided below. Here are some tips that will help you take care of your dental fillings

Improve Your Dental Hygiene

If you're preparing for your fillings, now's the time to assess your dental hygiene routine. A good dental hygiene routine can help protect your fillings. But, it can also help prevent other cavities and decay from forming. For basic protection, you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. To ensure the best protection, you should brush and floss your teeth after each meal. 

Prevent Composite Stains

If you're going to have composite fillings, it's a good idea to watch what you eat and drink. You might not realize it, but some foods and beverages can stain your composite fillings. Unfortunately, stains aren't easy to remove from composite fillings. That's why you should avoid food and drinks that can cause stains. Some of those include dark-coloured beverages and foods such as beets. If you do consume those items, be sure to brush your teeth as soon as you can. 

Invest In A Mouth Guard

If you grind your teeth at night, now's the time to invest in a mouth guard. You might not know this, but grinding your teeth can cause serious damage to your dental fillings. In fact, grinding can cause cracks in your fillings, and it can also wear down the surface of your fillings. That's why you should wear a mouth guard when you sleep. A mouth guard will help you protect your fillings from the damage caused when you grind your teeth. 

Watch What You Chew

If you need to get dental fillings, you'll need to start watching what you chew. Hard objects can cause damage to your dental fillings. That's why you should avoid chewing things like hard candy and ice, and should also stop biting your nails if you do. Avoiding hard objects will help protect your fillings from damage. 

Don't take chances with your dental fillings. Use the tips provided here to protect your dental work.