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By Golden Dental
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

In addition to a professional dental cleaning, your dentist will also check for cavities at your bi-yearly appointments. If one is detected, a fillingsfilling could be all you need to protect that tooth for many years into the future. Have a dentist at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA, check your smile for cavities and if necessary, have a cavity treated with a filling.

How Do Fillings Help?

Unfortunately, tooth enamel does not regenerate or grow back after tooth decay or damage. The enamel must be replaced with a substance called a filling. For many years, amalgam (metal) material was used for fillings, but nowadays patients ask for tooth-colored fillings that are made of composite resin or porcelain. It forms a protective layer on the surface of the tooth so that bacteria and food particles can’t irritate the inner pulp. Fillings last for up to a decade or longer.

Signs You May Need a Filling

A sharp sensation of pain is one of the first signs that you should look out for when trying to determine if you need a filling. If the pain becomes consistent and you avoid chewing on one side of your mouth, that is an even more urgent sign that you need treatment by a Lancaster dentist. Dark holes or marks on the top of a tooth may also be a sign of a cavity. Generally, if you eat a lot of candy and sweets or don’t have the best dental hygiene, you should have your teeth checked soon.

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

To avoid having to come back to the dentist again for a cavity filling, you must take on new dental hygiene habits. Here are a few simple tips to follow:

  • Brush while you are doing other tasks in the morning instead of staring at the mirror. Make sure you get at least two minutes of brushing in per session.
  • Replace sugary treats with healthier sweets, like apples or pears.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating a meal.
  • Eat calcium-rich foods that will help remineralize your enamel, reducing the chance of cavities.

Schedule a Checkup Today

Watch for the signs you may need a filling and go to your dentist for an exam and treatment as needed. Call (661) 948-8100 today to set an appointment with Dr. Roland Markarian at his office in Lancaster, CA.

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