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Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once day is a good way to prevent your teeth from getting cavities. Regular cleanings and exams are also important parts of cavity prevention.

But if you get a cavity in a visible part of your mouth, you may want to opt for a composite filling, which will be colored to match your teeth. Composite fillings work best as small or medium sized fillings. They can handle a moderate amount of wear and tear from chewing but are tougher than amalgam fillings. The process of placing a composite takes a little longer filling since the tooth needs to be kept clean and dry as it is being filled. However, one of the benefits of a composite filling is that it will bond directly to the tooth. They require less drilling since the dentist does not need to shape the space that will hold it as much would be needed for other fillings. A composite filling can be colored to match the tooth,

Like all fillings, composite fillings do need to be replaced.bWith proper care, they can last over five years, although new advances in technology are resulting in stronger, and longer lasting composite fillings. Basic oral hygiene will help keep your composite filling strong, so you should continue to brush twice a day and floss once a day. Because of their color, composite fillings need to be protected from staining, so you should be careful about what you eat and drink.

If you have a tooth that needs to be filled, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning, and exam, you should schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid at Jacqueline S. Reid DDS in Chatham, New Jersey. You can reach our office at 973.635.9456. We look forward to seeing you soon!