Friday, February 7, 2014

Dental Hygiene Tips: Caring for Your Crowns

Dental crowns are porcelain, ceramic or metal (typically gold) fixtures that are installed over your teeth to repair or reinforce damage. They can either be permanent or temporary, but both will need considerable care and maintenance if you want to keep them functioning. Here are some of the things you should do to keep your crowns in shape. 

Brush and Floss 

You might need to change to a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste for sensitive teeth, but this doesn’t mean you can do away with brushing less. Moreover, you should also ensure that you floss often, preferably after each meal to ensure that debris doesn’t build up near your crown. Be careful when flossing near your gum line to ensure the crown doesn’t loosen. 

Food to Avoid 

At the outset, you’ll need to stay away from sticky foods – you might as well give away those gummy and caramel candies in your fridge, as they are notorious for damaging dental crowns. Hard food like raw vegetables, candy and even nuts should be avoided or minimized. The same goes for food which are too hot or cold. 

In the event that your crown does come loose, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist immediately.


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