How Long Will Your Composite Fillings Last?

Composite fillings are made to look like your natural teeth, and how long they last depends on how well you take care of them. Eat a balanced diet that protects your teeth from decay rather than encouraging it, brush and floss your teeth, and keep your Tucson dentist appointments. Continue reading and make your composite fillings last as long as possible.

Dieting

The purpose of composite fillings is to reduce and reverse the effects of tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when a mixture of bacteria and food particles called plaque forms on your teeth and eats away at your enamel, and the foods and beverages you choose to consume will have a direct result on your risk for this problem. By adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and removing sticky sugary snacks and sports drinks and juices with high amounts of sugar, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay and help your composite fillings last for a long time.

Dental Hygiene

If you’ve had a filling before, your dentist probably reminded you how to take care of your teeth to avoid cavities in the future. Eating a balanced diet and cutting out junk food can help, but you also need to brush and floss your teeth. Brush twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and ADA recommended toothpaste. Then floss between each of your teeth, going up and down the sides and under the gum lines. This keeps contaminants out and protects your restorations, so you can keep enjoying your tooth-colored composite fillings for years.

 

You don’t want to let tooth decay get worse, so call Manela Dental at (520) 744-2039 to set up an appointment. Our dentists in Tucson can give you composite fillings that blend right in with your natural teeth, and you can visit our website to learn about exactly what our practice does.