One of the holiday season’s challenges is resisting foods and beverages that could be bad for teeth. This is especially true if you recently had a dental filling. Afterward, you may experience sensitivity or soreness; protect your mouth by following the dentist’s post-procedure instructions.
A dental filling removes decay and restores the function and form of a tooth. After your dentist inserts a filling, proper care is necessary to uphold its integrity. Choose holiday foods and drinks wisely to avoid potential problems and discomfort. It’s possible to protect your teeth by taking precautions while consuming festive treats:
1. Hot/Cold Foods and Beverages – After a filling, teeth can feel sensitive, especially when they come into contact with hot or cold food and drinks. After cavities are scraped and drilled by the dentist to remove decay, the change in the tooth composition can make nerve endings somewhat vulnerable for a few days.
2. Sticky Treats – Caramel and taffy can pull apart recent dental work. Depending on the material used, some fillings may take time to harden. Even crowns and other restorative procedures are vulnerable to sticky substances; take care of these areas. If you do indulge in holiday candies, chew them in areas of the mouth where you don’t have fillings or other dental work.
3. Hard Foods – Certain foods like carrots, nuts, and whole apples require extra effort to chew. Be careful when biting into hard substances; they may knock loose a filling, causing pain and sensitivity. If this should happen, visit your dentist as soon as possible.
4. Sugary and Starchy Foods – Sugars and starches are among the main causes of cavities. Even after getting a filling, avoid eating these foods, and take care to property clean teeth after every meal.
For more information about post-filling tooth care, call Ohana Dental Clinic at (905) 697-3440 or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our professional team handles all your oral health needs in a friendly, comfortable environment.