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How long after a dental filling am I able to brush my teeth?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
10 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Richard Fuller
Usually as soon as the numbness wears off. Just be carefull the first day.
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends..

In theory, if you are using silver amalgam fillings, you shouldn't disturb the filling for 24 hours.
If you are using tooth-colored resin fillings, you should be able to chew food or brush your teeth right away. Tooth-colored resin filling are set hard, so you can't disturb setting process by brushing or chewing.

In brief: Depends..

In theory, if you are using silver amalgam fillings, you shouldn't disturb the filling for 24 hours.
If you are using tooth-colored resin fillings, you should be able to chew food or brush your teeth right away. Tooth-colored resin filling are set hard, so you can't disturb setting process by brushing or chewing.
Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Amalgam fillings can withstand brushing within one hour of placement. For those fillings extending between the teeth, it is best to wait 12 hours before using dental floss to avoid weakening the contact with the adjacent tooth. Heavy chewing directly on an amalgam should be deferred until 48 hours after placement.
Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Immediately

Right away, but be careful trying to spit and hold water in your mouth.
Also, watch out for biting your numb lips / cheeks.

In brief: Immediately

Right away, but be careful trying to spit and hold water in your mouth.
Also, watch out for biting your numb lips / cheeks.
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Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: As soon as you like.

Most dental fillings solidify shortly after they are placed, so brushing your teeth will not be a problem. There are certain types of varnishes that are placed on teeth that need to remain in place for a period of time prior to brushing, but you would be advised of this after they are placed.
Talk with your dentist if you have any further questions about this. They will be happy to help too!

In brief: As soon as you like.

Most dental fillings solidify shortly after they are placed, so brushing your teeth will not be a problem. There are certain types of varnishes that are placed on teeth that need to remain in place for a period of time prior to brushing, but you would be advised of this after they are placed.
Talk with your dentist if you have any further questions about this. They will be happy to help too!
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