Caring for Your Dental Crowns: Seven Easy Tips

A crown is one of many restorative procedures done by dentists on your teeth. This particular dental process is used on those who have cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, as well as on those who have teeth damaged by cavities. A dental crown is a cap made out of porcelain or composite material and is shaped like a tooth. This is placed over the damaged tooth, and helps strengthen as well as protect whatever remains of the tooth that it is cemented to.

When you get a dental crown, you need to remember that in order for these to last, you have to take good care of these as you would your own teeth. To help you take proper care of your crowns, here are seven tips that may come in handy:

Make sure the area between the crown and the tooth are cared for

as with real teeth, taking care of the area between the crown and the tooth is crucial to oral health. This is where plaque can build up and where decay can begin if left unchecked. Flossing this area daily will help keep potential problems like margin decay from happening.

Brush regularly to prevent the buildup of plaque

This is something you should do twice to three times a day. If you can, use an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth with since these have been known to be more effective at removing food debris and plaque than traditional toothbrushes.

Be selective of what you eat – 

there are some types of food that can damage your crowns, and these should be avoided. Foods that are very sticky, like taffy or caramel, and those that are very hard or tough, like hard candy and beef jerky, should be steered clear of, if you want your crowns to last. If you cannot keep away from these kinds of food, try to not to chew on these with your crown to prevent any damage to it.

Choose high-fluoride toothpaste for your teeth

using high-fluoride toothpaste will help protect the area around the crown from gum disease, which in turn will help keep decay from creeping under and into the tooth being protected by the crown itself.

Anti-bacterial mouthwash can also keep decay and plaque at bay

gargling regularly using a mouthwash that has anti-bacterial properties will help reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth. Try to gargle after every meal, or at least twice a day.

Avoid grinding and clenching your teeth

This action can actually loosen, and quite possibly, dislodge your crown. If this is a habit of yours, try to stop doing this so as to prevent any damage to your crown. Other bad habits you should also stop doing when you have a dental crown include biting your fingernails, using your teeth when opening packaging, and chewing ice.

Visit your dentist regularly

Have your dentist check your teeth regularly, and have these professionally cleaned twice a year. This will not only help to keep your crowns intact and in great shape for longer, but will also help keep the rest of your mouth and your teeth in good health as well.

Author Bio
Dr. Allan R. Hawryluk Sr. is a graduate from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, and has completed an internship program at the University College Hospital in London, England. He currently works tirelessly with many elite level National Hockey League players and other professional athletes. He continues to practice dentistry as an in-house denstist in Mississauga at St. Lawrence Dentistry and dedicates himself in delivering superior dental work using the latest technology in the field.