fillings rot your teethThe recent Yahoo! headline “Could Fillings be Rotting Your Teeth?” may have caught your attention and made you hesitant to seek dental care. Do fillings rot your teeth?

Norway Study Suggests that Fillings Rot Your Teeth

The study (click here for details) was done by researchers from the University of Oslo and the Nordic Institute of Dental Materials, then published in a peer-reviewed Journal of Dentistry. The study looked at 750 participants who received fillings, and followed up with them for a mean timeline of about 4.9 years to look at their previously healthy neighboring teeth. What they found was a high incidence of tooth decay development in the neighboring teeth.

Does This Mean Fillings Rot Your Teeth?

What this study actually reveals is that most of the participants who came in for their first filling had poor dental hygiene in the first place. Bad habits die hard, and if you had poor dental hygiene before, chances are good that you’ll be a repeat offender, especially if your dentist isn’t addressing the root of the problem with you by teaching you better ways to take care of your teeth.

Fillings Don’t Rot Your Teeth; Poor Dental Hygiene Does

The bare minimum care for your teeth means brushing twice per day, flossing once per day, and using a fluoride mouthwash to prevent future tooth decay. If you do end up with a cavity, it’s important to see your dentist to address it. If you allow your teeth to rot, you may end up with an extremely painful situation or an oral disease.

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