WILL MY FILLINGS FALL OUT IF I FLOSS?
That is a question that I recently received from a new patient. He does not floss his teeth because he once had a filling fall out when he flossed. He also informed me that he now has a loose filling and he doesn't want to floss because it could come out.
I reassured the patient that if a filling is loose it will come out!
It has nothing to do with the floss or whether the hygienist touched it during a cleaning. If it is loose it is loose and it is going to fall out. Better it should happen sooner then later so you can have it repaired as soon as possible. The longer you wait with a loose filling in your mouth the more the tooth will decay under the filling and the greater damage done to the tooth.
To recap (no pun intended), a filling will not fall out because of flossing. It will only fall out if there is an existing problem with the filling.
Having fun doing dentistry in Hamilton Ontario Canada.
All the best
Dr. Ron Barzilay