You should brush your teeth softly, and avoid hard and sticky foods after you get your dental fillings done.
After you get your dental fillings there are certain things you need to keep in mind. To learn more about it, we talked to Dr Nihal Yadav, BDS (PGI Rohtak), Amayra Dental Clinic, Kaushik Enclave, Burari, Delhi, a former resident at Deen Dayal Hospital, Hari Nagar. If the filling is properly done, then complications should not arise. However, you should follow certain tips after you get your cavities fixed through dental filling.
After you get a dental filling it may seem natural to avoid brushing due to pain and discomfort. Dr Yada stated that you must brush your teeth when the filling procedure has been done to maintain proper oral hygiene. You need to brush softly at least twice a day to make sure you are eliminating the risk of germ buildup in your mouth. Do not go too harsh on your teeth and stick to brushing softly. This is because hard brushing can be counterproductive for your teeth causing more pain than comfort.
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Dr Yadav mentioned that along with brushing softly, you should also not skip flossing your teeth. Like brushing, you can also floss your teeth twice a day. This will make sure that the leftover food debris do not stay between your teeth.
Dr Yadav further advised not to eat hard foods like nuts and sugarcane from the restored teeth. Doing this will cause undue pressure while they are still recovering. This can also lead to the dislodgement of the dental filling if it has not been properly set.
In addition to hard foods, you should also avoid sticky foods after you get your cavities fixed by dental fillings. These foods can stick to your teeth and increase bacteria buildup. Also, in the case when the filling takes time to set, sticky or gummy foods can dislodge the fillings in some rare cases.
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Dr Yadav told, "We usually advise patients to not drink water after dental restoration for about 30 to 45 minutes if the filling is of Glass ionomer cement (GIC). This is the immediate precaution patients need to take at that time. However, this is different in the case of composite fillings and the patients need not follow this precaution.
You should also make sure that you do not bite and chew your food too hard, added Dr Yadav. Be gentle, bite lightly and chew in a slow progression. This is because when you bite, it exerts a lot of pressure on your teeth, causing you pain and soreness at the site of the filling. Chewing slowly will ensure that you do not make any forceful contact with the area where the dental filling has been placed.
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