The hole left by the fallout of a filling or other mishap might cause one to eat on the opposite side of the destruction until “construction gets under way” to make repairs. Oddly enough brushing as usual on both sides to keep all the teeth clean, the remaining teeth healthy and to minimize damage in teeth needing repairs won’t keep finger scratching, toothpick picking substances off the surface of teeth on the repair side.
All teeth or just a few on the repair side can be struck with buildup every time something is eaten. Brushing the teeth alone to remove the buildup won’t do much to remove the stuff. That’s where finger scratching and toothpick picking may be used as reinforcements to complete the job.
It turns out that chewing does prevent substance buildup on teeth much like giving a dog chew treats & dog biscuits to help clean their teeth. Chewing can help prevent some of the tarter, plaque and food from attaching to the teeth as readily. Chewing sugarless gum when you can’t brush will do the same.
Chewing on one side and not the other causes a daily buildup of tarter, plaque & foods on the neglected side.
Brushing after you eat is still one of the best ways to prevent substance buildup on teeth. Chewing does prevent buildup on teeth of scratching substances like tarter, plaque & food and keeps the surface smoother. If you have to chew on one side due to a filling loss you might want to consider using a temporary filling to enable you to eat on both sides until you can get to a dentist.
You can also prevent substance buildup by drinking water after you eat to help wash down some of the things that can stick to the teeth. Drinking water to wash off substances is similar to what happens in a car wash. If you can’t immediately brush after you eat, drink water.
If you have mouthwash handy you can rinse teeth off with it and offer them some cavity fighting protection.
You can also prevent substance buildup by flossing. Flossing may be gentler on the teeth than using a finger or a toothpick and it allows you to address areas of the teeth that can’t be reached by scratching a finger or toothpick across the surface.
Be careful when brushing or cleaning around a tooth that needs repairs. It can make the situation worse since the tooth is already in a fragile state.