Generally speaking, composite dental fillings tend to last between 5-8 years, though it’s possible to keep them intact for even longer, depending on how well you care for your teeth. There are a few things you can do to keep your fillings in great shape.
First, make sure you keep brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Good at-home oral hygiene helps you keep your teeth healthy, prevents cavities, and keeps your teeth healthy. You also should see Dr. Mustafa for six-month dental appointments.
In addition to this, you should watch what you eat. Eat a low-sugar diet, avoid really sticky and gummy foods like taffy, caramel, and other foods that may stick to your fillings. These can contribute to future decay, or even loosen your filling over time.
You also should address teeth grinding (bruxism) if present. Grinding your teeth regularly can damage your natural teeth and put stress on your composite filling, which may result in premature filling damage.