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Can you Brush your Teeth after a Filling – 5 TIPS (When and Why)

Did you recently have your tooth filled by the dentist and you just don’t know that can you brush your teeth after a filling or not?

So even if you are planning for filling then you must know what to do and what to not do after filling.

In this article, I will also cover how to brush after a filling and all kinds of precautions you must take after a dental filling.

I understand that many of you feel uncomfortable after filling and want to brush your teeth.

 

Can you Brush your Teeth after a Filling?

Yes, you can brush your teeth after filling but when and why is important to know.

This depends on the various conditions like kind of dental filling and kind of brush as well.

In some types of fillings, you can brush after some time but in some, you need to take lots of precautions and need to be gentle.

Now as after braces fill the gap, retainers are required to hold that gap, similarly after filling it’s important to follow a few instructions.

Let’s understand that when can you brush your teeth after a filling with the type of filling. 

 

What is Dental Filling?

The dental filling is the procedure where the dentist removes the decayed part of the teeth to fix the cavity and then fills the removed part with some artificial substances.

In simple words, I can say filling a gap or hole between the teeth.

Now there are different types of fillings, but I will divide them into two parts Direct and Indirect fillings.

Direct Fillings

Direct fillings are fillings that are made in your mouth. Such fillings are easy and quick to place and even cheaper than indirect fillings.

Now in direct fillings, there are 3 types of fillings used in dentistry.

  • Silver Fillings
  • White Fillings
  • Gold Foil Fillings
When can you brush your teeth after a Filling (Direct)

The two most popular fillings are white and silver fillings.

So If I talk about my personal recommendations, I would recommend waiting for at least 24 hours to brush in case of silver fillings.

After 24 hours you must use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.

Can i brush my teeth after composite filling?
Brushing after silver filling

 

Now in the case of White fillings, you can start brushing your teeth in a few hours.

But make sure you gently brush your teeth.

 

Indirect Fillings

Indirect fillings are made outside of your mouth and then cemented onto your tooth in your mouth.

They are usually expensive and may last longer than direct fillings. They have a better shape especially if the filling is large filling.

There are 2 types of indirect fillings

  • White Fillings
  • Gold Fillings
When can you brush your teeth after a Filling (Indirect)

As these fillings are rarely done now and as per dentist you can start brushing your teeth after 1 hour.

But still, you must consult your dentist as due to some filling material or other reason this time duration be extent.

 

How do you Brush after a Filling?

To make your fillings last longer it’s necessary that you should take care of them properly.

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing will help to keep fillings and teeth healthy.

Let me clear again for silver filling you need to wait for 24 hours and for white filling at least 3 hours to brush.

  • For a few days you need to brush very gently.

     

  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush so that it may not harm fillings and gums.

     

  • Gently brush in and around the fillings to keep them healthy.

These are the basic tips that you need to follow while brushing after dental filling.

You also need to avoid

  • Avoid solid and sticky foods
  • Avoid hot and cold drinks

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use an electric brush after filling?

No, avoid using an electric toothbrush as it may harm gums and fillings in the early period.
Once fillings come to a good position, you can then start using an electric toothbrush.
So avoid at least for a month and till then use a soft bristle toothbrush.

Can I brush my teeth after a composite filling?

Yes, you can and should but after some time.
For silver fillings, you should wait 24 hours and for others, you can start brushing after 2 hours.

Does it hurt to brush your teeth after a filling?

No, it won’t if you gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush.
You need to be careful at least for 24 hours and after that, you can brush in a regular way.
If you notice any pain that may be because of sensitivity that occurs mostly after any tooth extraction or fillings.

FINAL WORDS

So hopefully you know now that when can you brush your teeth after a filling and why.

So depending on the type of fillings you may have need to wait from 2 hours to 24 hours.

This is the recommended time and for white fillings, you can brush even after half an hour but it’s better to wait at least for 2 hours.

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