Dental Tips Blog

Dec
26

Should You Try Filling Your Tooth at Home?

Posted in Fillings

Most of those sensational claims and reviews aren’t all they seem.

Temporary” Cement

Many of the clickbait miracle-cure dental filling ads are just touting your average temporary dental cement, found in any drugstore. And it’s just that – temporary. You should not fill a tooth with this cement unless it’s an emergency and you plan to see a dentist soon after.

Permanent” At-Home Fillings

Some products are advertised as permanent tooth filling materials. But if something goes wrong (which can happen if you’re not a dentist) the material can be difficult to remove.

The directions on one such product say to apply the filling to a “prepared” tooth. According to user reviews, no one really knows what that means. They believe “preparing” means brushing. In reality, preparing means drilling out the decay and cleaning out the infection before placing the filling. Unfortunately, hundreds of people are patching up their teeth with this material and essentially locking the bacteria into their tooth, where it will keep multiplying.

For a filling to be lasting, safe, and effective, it must be done placed a certain way and by a trained professional.

Natural Cures for Cavities

The natural cures are just things that help ease symptoms like pain (clove oil) and inflammation (salt). They aren’t going to reverse or even heal an active cavity.

At best, some “natural” cavity-stoppers may simply aid in slowing plaque-growth, which contributes to the start of decay.

Get Real Help for Your Teeth!

There’s only so much you can do at home to slow down a cavity. You’ll be doing your smile a huge favor by seeing a dentist before that small spot on your tooth turns into something bigger.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

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