Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

How many hours after a dental filling should I wait before brushing my teeth

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
None: You may brush your teeth as soon as you want.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
Dental filling: The dentist advised no food x 1 hour after filling. In a few hours i see no reason why you cannot brush your teeth.
1
1 comment
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Probably not: You probably won't damage the tooth in the short term, but why brush hard? Be gentle, but be efficient.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: Activated charcoal will not harm the filling. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nu ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Brush after ext.: You can brush your teeth anytime after having a tooth pulled. Just be careful not to aggravate the extraction wound.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Next day: 1) use a soft manual toothbrush. 2) place the brush where the teeth and the gum join together. 3) move the brush in circles. 4) do all teeth this w ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dell Goodrick
31 years experience Dentistry
Right Away: White fillings are cured immediately with a curing light and silver fillings harden over a few minutes after placement. You can brush right away after ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kaveh Niknia
21 years experience Dentistry
Same day: It's important to brush your teeth, because the cleaner your mouth is, the less likely you'll get an infection. However, avoid brushing the socket (h ... Read More
1
1 comment
3
3 thanks
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Connerly
48 years experience Family Medicine
3 days: Let the clot mature for three or more days. And gargle, not swish.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
If you feel up to it: If your surgery was complex and you have trouble opening your mouth, are swollen, in pain, etc. You may want to hold off until you heal a bit before t ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Wolter
29 years experience Dentistry
A few days: Normally, after a few days, the gum tissue has healed over the extraction sites & you'll be pretty comfortable. If there's still a little swelling, it ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Post-surgical: Please consult written instructions given to you by Dentist or Oral Surgeon who did the extraction. Brush 2x/day, being gentle around the extraction ... Read More
1
1 thank
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
24-48 hours: At least 24-48 hours after the wisdom teeth extraction, you should avoid very hot or cold drinks,including sodas and solid foods. Take care.
1
1 thank
A member asked:
Dr. H. sam Tadros
28 years experience Prosthodontics
Wisdom teeth: i would wait 48 hours the goal is to help the blood clot to say there and not easily get disturbed
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sal Aragona
40 years experience Dentistry
24 hours: You can brush your other teeth but it is best to stay avoid the areas where your teeth were extracted for 24 hours. That will give enough time to insu ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
55 years experience Periodontics
Give it a few days: you are doing the riGht thing keep rinsing with a mouthwash and you can clean with a q tip as well In about a week or so you should be able to clean ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roberto Porras
24 years experience Periodontics
NPO: Yes as long as your not getting sedated. If so notify the doctor.
1
1 thank
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
When you are healed: Chewing will be much more comfortable when you are healed. Since everyone heals at a different pace, no exact time can be given. A couple of day to a ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
48-72 hours: Wisdom teeth extraction limits your diet the most during the first 48 hours after surgery. After the first couple of days, you can begin to eat solid ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Dental clean: Do you have to brush your teeth after a dental cleaning before you eat? or can you eat right away after a dental cleaning? is it clean Ans: OK to eat.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Kelner
8 years experience Dentistry
Eating: The answer is yes after a certain time period which your doctor should outline for you in post procedure instructions. Sometime you are asked to eat o ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You don't have : To delay sleep.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month