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Chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes after meals makes your mouth produce more saliva, which in turn cancels out the acid produced in your mouth after drinking and eating.
"… needed a filling. There was no pain and it was done quickly"
(Name withheld Ref: 13.10.07.05).
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Fillings are used to repair a cavity in your tooth caused by decay.
Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding). We still occasionally do metal (amalgam) fillings but they are now being phased out worldwide*. These days we are more likely to offer you composite white fillings that are mercury free and colour matched with your natural teeth.
To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed, and finish off with a polish.
The use of tooth coloured fillings on back teeth is considered purely cosmetic on the NHS (http://www.nhs.uk) so may not be available from an NHS dentist.
*Metal fillings are now being phased out worldwide to reduce the impact on the environment of mercury emissions.
Avoiding Tooth decay
Tooth decay is caused by the natural accumulation of plaque on the tooth surface. So avoiding tooth decay involves regularly removing plaque (by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and seeing your hygienist) and preventing it building up.
All kinds of things can cause plaque build-up. They include:
- Eating food and drink high in carbohydrates (e.g. crisps, bread, biscuits)
- Eating food and drink which is sweet and sticky (e.g. chocolate, sweets, sugar, fizzy drinks)
- Dry mouth: Saliva helps keep the surface of your teeth clean. Smoking and some medical treatments can lower the amount of saliva in your mouth. This can be countered by taking frequent sips of still, unflavoured water and make sure you have a good oral hygiene.