How to Avoid Dental Fillings

fillingsDental fillings are not a pleasant thing to have to get. This general dental procedure involves drilling into a damaged tooth, then filling it with an inert metal to seal the cavity and protect the root. A filling can help to save a very damaged tooth, but it is better to avoid needing to have one at all, since the process of getting an injection (or being sedated), and having the tooth drilled is not a lot of fun.

There are a few different kinds of dental fillings available from dentists. Decades ago, fillings contained mercury, but that kind of filling is not normally used these days because there is some concern about what potential damage could be done from long-term exposure to the metal. Today, gold fillings are quite popular, as are other types of fillings like resins that have a more natural look.

The best way to avoid needing fillings is to brush your teeth every morning and night, floss and use mouth rinse. In addition, chew sugar free gum after meals if you cannot brush your teeth because you are eating out.

Make sure that you attend your dental appointments throughout the year. Even if you don’t enjoy going to the dentist, a regular check-up will be much better for you than having to go to the dentist to get a tooth extracted or to get a filling. The check up will show you if there is anything wrong with your teeth, so that it can be fixed before it turns into a serious problem. Attending regular check ups is less stressful, less time consuming, and less expensive than waiting until you need to go to an emergency dentist to get seen for a very serious cavity or abscess that could have easily been prevented if it was spotted early. That is why dentists recommend that you visit twice per year.

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