While crowns cannot suffer from decay, that does not mean you can neglect your oral hygiene. Crowns, regardless of material, can still collect plaque, bacteria, and even tartar, which can then lead to gum disease. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, along with flossing daily is essential.
Avoid Chewing Hard or Sticky Foods
Hard foods, like popcorn kernels, hard candies, and ice can chip your crowns. This not only causes aesthetic issues, it can let bacteria in, which can then get into your tooth, causing an infection. Even habits like chewing your fingernails, chewing on a pen, or using your teeth to open packaging can cause severe damage. Sticky foods, like caramel, taffy and chewing gum can dislodge crowns.
Eating a diet full of nutritious food is essential to your oral health, as well as your overall health. With a well-balanced diet, your gums and teeth will remain healthy, and able to better support your crown.
Don't forget about visiting your dentist at least twice a year. Not only will your dentist give your teeth a thorough cleaning, they will also perform an oral exam, which will include checking the condition of your crown, to make sure that it is not showing any signs of wear or damage.
For more information on how to protect your crown, and extending its life, be sure to speak with your dentist at your next appointment. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (623) 738-2639.