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Did you just get a brand-new tooth filling, or are you considering getting one? If so, it’s good to be informed on how to take care of your filling to avoid damage or discomfort.

1. Know how long it takes for your filling to set.

The two most popular types of fillings are composite (plastic) and amalgam (a mixture of metals). Ask us how long your filling needs to set before you poke around inside your mouth.

2. Watch what you eat.

Avoid food and beverage until the anesthetic wears off. For at least 24 hours, avoid very hot or very cold food items and hard or sticky foods. It’s always a good idea to chew on the side of your mouth opposite your new filling to avoid dislodging it or trapping food between the filling and the tooth. Feel free to ask how long you monitor these special eating habits.

3. Brush and floss daily.

The best way to care for your new filling is to care for your mouth in general. Leaving food and plaque around your teeth and gums can damage the filling, as well as create cavities that will require even more fillings.

4. Always ask your dentist if you have any questions.

Dentists are experts on fillings. It’s part of their job. If you have any questions or concerns about your filling or future fillings, don’t hesitate to voice them.

At Corona Dental we want to help you have the best experience with your tooth filling. Bring your questions to Darren Haws by calling 520-762-0123, or come visit us in Tucson, Arizona.