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Filling fell out, advice!

edited 11 February at 6:58AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 11 February at 6:58AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
A large filling fell out of one of my molars today.  No pain, and I have an appointment to get it sorted on Friday. 

Any tips for limiting the damage between now and then while it’s exposed?  It’s a heavily filled tooth (misspent youth, oops but nothing I can change now) and I don’t want it to deteriorate more if I can help it.  I will drink only water, eat sugar free food on the other side of my mouth, and I have just bought some chlorhexidine mouthwash (not sure if I should use it before/after brushing or leave a gap?)  I also have sugar free chewing gum for maybe when out and about but no idea if that would actually help.

Anything else I can do?

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  • ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
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    Friday's not far away. Just keep it as clean as you can until then. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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    Thanks, is there a right order/time to do mouthwash and toothpaste?
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    There is never any need for a mouthwash unless specifically recommended by your dentist for a specific problem.
    It's a triumph of marketing above clinical effectiveness! 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • onwards&upwardsonwards&upwards Forumite
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    There is never any need for a mouthwash unless specifically recommended by your dentist for a specific problem.
    It's a triumph of marketing above clinical effectiveness! 

    I don’t use it regularly but thought it might be useful for stopping tiny bits of food getting stuck in the cavity, I still have to eat!  Is there no point then?  I do see tiny little food particles when I use it after meals. 
  • ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
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    You would see the same if you just used water. 
    Just keep it as clean as you can with a toothbrush & toothpaste. Don't over-think it. 
    The 4 or 5 days between it happening and seeing the dentist on Fri are not going to make a significant difference to the health of the tooth. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • onwards&upwardsonwards&upwards Forumite
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    You would see the same if you just used water. 
    Just keep it as clean as you can with a toothbrush & toothpaste. Don't over-think it. 
    The 4 or 5 days between it happening and seeing the dentist on Fri are not going to make a significant difference to the health of the tooth. 

    Thanks, I appreciate that.  Annoyingly I was at the dentist in Jan and even had x rays done, shame it couldn’t have come out in time for that if it had to! 
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