3 Tips For Caring For Your Dental Crowns

Posted on: 28 March 2017

Having a dental crown is a wonderful thing because it can either help a tooth that was very deteriorated and needed to be rebuilt, or it can fill a spot that didn't have a tooth at all. However, just like your real teeth, dental crowns are going to need to be specially cared for to ensure that they last as long as possible and function properly for you. Here are three tips for caring for your dental crowns.

Avoid Sticky Foods

Your crown is going to be attached over the top of a dental implant, so they are not going to be as secure and as sturdy as an actual tooth whose roots are attached to bone. Because of this, you are going to want to avoid chewing foods that are too sticky. Some sticky foods to avoid include gum, taffy, caramels, and any other chewy candies or foods that tend to stick to your teeth. These foods can cause unnecessary pulling on your crowns, which will loosen them over time, and could eventually cause them to fall off. Fixing or replacing these crowns is going to be quite costly, so avoiding this issue altogether is going to be a wise one.

Brush After Each Meal

Another effective way to care for your dental crowns is to brush after each meal. Crowns are going to be more prone to breaking down than your regular teeth, so you want to avoid having food sit on them if at all possible. When food sits on your crowns, especially sugar, it can cause them to deteriorate. To avoid this, you will want to give your teeth a good brush after you eat each of your daily meals. Keeping a small portable toothbrush and some travel size toothpaste with you at all times can be helpful because you can brush your teeth with ease in any bathroom, or location that has running water.

Floss With Care

Flossing your dental crowns is going to be just as important as flossing your regular teeth, you are just going to need to be a bit more careful because the crown is going to be more breakable than your regular teeth. Because of this, you don't want to pull down on the floss to get it out from between your teeth. Instead, you are going to want to carefully thread the floss between the two teeth to both put it into place, and to take it out.  This allows you to clean the area between your teeth and gums thoroughly, without damaging your crown.