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Can Flossing Pull Out a Filling?

Yes, flossing can pull out a filling if you don’t floss the right way. However, this happens very rarely. It usually happens when you get a temporary filling while waiting for your crown or a gold filling.

When you floss, you should do it in a gentle manner. This is to prevent the floss from being ripped on the filling.

If the floss gets stuck, don’t try to pull it back through the contact point. Rather, let go of the floss’ end and pull it out to one side. To avoid this from happening again, you should use a waxed floss to avoid snaring or fraying.

There are dental flosses that are made of Teflon. You can use them too as they don’t shred. However, if they do get caught, they will break but they won’t stick between your teeth.

Talk to your Dentist

If the floss breaks or shreds each time you floss, you need to consult your dentist for a diagnosis. He/she will also give you a remedy or a permanent solution. During inspection, your dentist may identify the flaw. He/she may restore or replace the filling. Or he/she may trim or buff the edge that’s been causing the problem.

What to Do When Floss Pulls Out a Filling?

It’s rarely an emergency. Then again, it can cause pain because of the tooth tissue that has been exposed. It becomes too sensitive to pressure or air.

Even though it’s not considered an emergency, you shouldn’t wait too long before you see your dentist. Bear in mind that what’s left won’t be strong. It could damage the crown.

If the filing has been pulled out because of flossing, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Then, if you have a clove oil at home, apply a little amount through a cotton swab to the affected area. This will relieve the pain.

Don’t try to cement it back using a household glue as it’s not safe in your mouth. It may even poison you. It can also damage your tooth.

Instead, use a dental cement on the area. In this way, the affected area will be protected and sealed until you can see your dentist.

At Sunny Smiles Dentistry clinic, we provide emergency cases so we can immediately handle your lost filling and prevent further problem.

Your dentist will determine the reason why your filling fell out. There could be other reasons why it fell out, other than flossing. A dental x-ray will be taken. From there, your dentist will examine your tooth and the x-ray so he/she can determine the best way to resolve the removed filling.

What should you do when your filling falls out after flossing? Don’t panic. Instead, continue cleaning and flossing your teeth. Make sure that you rinse your mouth with the right mouthwash. Then, don’t forget to contact your dentist immediately. If you don’t see your dentist as soon as possible, it may cause pain and discomfort. Worse, you may lose your tooth.

How Often Should I Floss?

Flossing your teeth should be an important part of your daily oral health care routine. In fact, the American Dental Association has recommended that everyone floss at least once per day in order to maintain your optimal dental health.

Why Floss?

Flossing helps to remove the buildup of plaque between your teeth, in the areas where your toothbrush can’t reach. Any plaque that isn’t removed provides a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can eventually lead to tooth decay, weakened tooth enamel, and eventually tooth loss. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy, and provides protection against gum disease.

When to Floss

When you floss is less important than the act of flossing itself. Many people choose to make flossing a part of either their morning or before-bed routine, when they’re already brushing their teeth. Others choose to floss after lunch (a time when most people skip brushing their teeth). As long as you are flossing at least once per day, the timing isn’t as important.

Do Children Need to Floss?

Yes! Flossing should be a part of your child’s daily dental hygiene routine as well. As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin to floss their teeth in order to keep both their teeth and gums healthy. You should continue helping your child floss until they are around age 10 or 11, as their manual dexterity usually isn’t developed enough to floss on their own until this time.

Why Does it Hurt When I Floss?

Flossing your teeth should never be painful. Initially, you may experience some minor discomfort, however, this should ease within a week or so. If you continue to experience pain, you need to talk to your dentist to ensure a more serious dental problem isn’t the cause of your pain.

If flossing is difficult for you, you may want to consider changing dental floss or flossing method. You may want to consider using a dental pick, a pre-threaded flosser, or other interdental cleaner in order to make flossing easier for you. Your dentist can help you learn how to use these tools properly in order to prevent injury to your gums.