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Dental crowns are one of the most common dental procedures. A crown is simply a cap that is shaped like a tooth and is designed to fit over one of your existing teeth. The tooth may require restoring for a number of reasons, including weak structure, holding a bridge in place, broken tooth, protecting a weak tooth, covering a dental implant, or to improve the appearance of your smile. Like many dental procedures, there is a certain way in which you must care for your dental crown to ensure that it performs optimally.
1. Watch What You Eat
When you have a dental crown, it is important that you avoid foods that could pull at your crown and damage it. In particular, you should avoid sticky and chewy foods, such as caramel, raisins, gummies, and taffy. In addition, you need to avoid hard foods that could crack or otherwise damage your crown. This includes foods like suckers, jawbreakers, raw vegetables, popcorn, and ice (unless you are sucking on it).
2. Chew on the Opposite Side of Your Mouth
To help extend the life of your dental crown, you will want to try to chew your food on the side of your mouth that does not have the dental crown. This is most important in the days and weeks immediately after having the crown applied. During this time, the crown will still be settling and the cement will still be hardening. In addition, your mouth will be extra-sensitive. Too must pressure could cause the crown to change position, resulting in pain and discomfort and the need to visit the dentist for a readjustment.
3. Floss with Care
While it is important to floss once daily (and you should pay extra close attention to the area around the crown, since food particles are likely to get stuck in this area), you will want to be extremely cautious as you are flossing around your crown. Rather than lifting your floss out of the gap between your teeth, you will want to slide it out. This will help to eliminate the risk of damaging the dental crown.
4. Maintain Adequate Oral Hygiene
Aside from flossing once a day, you will want to make sure that you maintain your standard oral hygiene routine, such as brushing twice a day. Again, you will want to pay extra attention to the area around the dental crown to ensure all food particles are being removed, in order to avoid the risk of further damage, tooth decay, and gum disease.
As always, make sure to schedule your twice-yearly dental cleanings with your dentist to make certain that your teeth, as well as your crown, are in good shape. Visit sites like http://www.childrensdent.com for more information.