Relief for Broken or Lost Dental Fillings


Dental complications such as broken or lost fillings can happen at any time. Fortunately, there are temporary solutions to relieve any discomfort until you can visit a dentist, which experts say you should do as quickly as possible. Here’s a quick tip if you find yourself with a broken or lost filling.

This is an easy home remedy to keep the tooth clean and to alleviate any discomfort. Add a quarter to half-teaspoon of table salt to warm water. Gently rinse the area a few times to remove any filling debris and food particles. Repeat after each meal or eating. We don’t recommend using a water pic or other type of brushing device as this could irritate and even do more damage to the tooth or remaining filling.

Water cleans the area and the salt acts as a minor antiseptic. If salt isn’t available, use plain warm water. Don’t forget to make that appointment with your dentist just as quickly as possible to avoid any further risk of pain or infection.

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By Michele Webb

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