Can Flossing Break a Filling?

Can flossing actually break a filling? Some of our patients at Manhattan Beach Dental Center would ask.

Flossing, per se, is a safe way to clean your teeth, especially in areas that can’t be reached by a toothbrush. But there’s a technique that you must follow to help you floss the right away and avoid causing more harm than good to your teeth.

Although it happens rarely, flossing can break a filling. It usually happens if you don’t do it the right way. That said, you must only floss in a gentle manner to prevent the floss from being ripped.

Now, if it gets stuck, don’t pull it back via the contact point. Instead, let go of the string’s end. From there, you can pull it out to one side.

To avoid floss from breaking a filling, opt for a waxed floss. You can also use a floss made of Teflon. It doesn’t shred. If it gets caught, it won’t stick in between your teeth.

Visit Your Dentist Right Away!

When your fillings did break while you floss, you should visit your dentist right away. He/she can assess the situation and replace the filling, if necessary.

Although it’s not an emergency, it may cause your teeth to be too sensitive. And even though it’s not an emergency, it’s still vital that you check with your dentist as soon as possible. The rest of the filling won’t be healthy, and it may damage the crown.

If you can’t make an appointment with your dentist right away, you should consider applying a temporary filling that you can obtain at a pharmacy. Don’t use household glue. It’s not safe as it may poison you. Plus, it can damage your tooth.

You must only use dental cement that can seal and protect the affected tooth temporarily until you can visit your dentist.

Our dentists at Manhattan Beach Dental Center offer emergency cases so you can handle your broken filling immediately and prevent it from causing further problem.

When you visit your dentist, he/she will identify the real cause of why the filling broke. It’s possible that flossing isn’t the culprit. Your dentist will request an x-ray to know how much damage has been made to the tooth. From there, he/she will find the best way to solve the issue.

If the fillings didn’t just break but they fall out, you shouldn’t panic. Instead, call your dentist and schedule an appointment. As mentioned earlier, you may also use dental cement while waiting for your next dental visit.

Fillings do fail and may need replacement. Bear in mind that no fillings will last forever. When you regularly visit your dentist, he/she can determine the best time to be proactive and replace your fillings.

Flossing is not the only reason fillings will break or fall out. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching, as well as eating hard foods, can cause fillings to break. It’s vital that fillings must be replaced as soon as possible to prevent bacteria from leaking into the fillings and cause decay.

If a broken filling is left untreated, it could lead to a root canal. Worse. You may lose your tooth.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot.As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship.My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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