Toothpaste as a temoprary filling!

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paul.fr

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Toothpaste as a temoprary filling!
« on: 12/07/2007 12:17:21 »
seeing as toothpase is the order of the day.

Say you need a filling and for whatever reason you can not get to a dentist, for some time. Now if toothpast protects against bacteria, could you just pop a bit of toothpaste in to the hole in the tooth as a way of protecting the tooth from little nasties?

Ok it may be difficult to put it in such a small hole, but i envisage you popping a piece on top of the tooth and either pushing it down with your tongue or just letting it settle there for a while.

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Offline dentstudent

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« Reply #1 on: 12/07/2007 12:20:37 »
Wouldn't it dissolve pretty quickly? Your saliva could possibly still penetrate the hole and remove the toothpaste?

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« Reply #2 on: 12/07/2007 12:22:48 »
Wouldn't it dissolve pretty quickly? Your saliva could possibly still penetrate the hole and remove the toothpaste?

i reckon it would desolve pretty quickly. but would it not leave a coating behind, thus offering some protection to the cavity?

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« Reply #3 on: 12/07/2007 14:14:26 »
Most toothpaste contains quite a bit of sugar.  That's why the directions suggest that you rinse it out with water after use.  I think leaving toothpaste in your mouth would increase the size of the cavity by promoting bacteria growth.