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Essential Care Tips for Your Dental Crowns and Bridges

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Dental crowns and bridges are remarkable achievements of modern dentistry. These restorations can restore your smile's function and beauty, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. But just like your natural teeth, crowns and bridges require proper care to maintain longevity and optimal performance.

Read on to learn about keeping your dental crowns and bridges in tip-top shape

Basics of Brushing

Brushing twice daily is essential for removing plaque and food particles that can gather around your crowns, bridges, and natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Gently brush the surfaces of your crowns and bridges and the surrounding gum line. Don't scrub too hard, as this can damage the crown or irritate your gums. Tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle to reach under the crown or bridge and remove any trapped food debris.

Flossing Technique

Regular flossing removes plaque and food particles between your teeth and under the bridge, where your toothbrush can't reach. Traditional floss can be tricky to move around bridges. Here are some effective flossing techniques:

●      Floss Threaders: These handy tools feature a stiff nylon threader, allowing you to thread the floss under the bridge quickly.

●      Water Flossers: Also known as oral irrigators, water flossers use a pressurized stream of water to clean between teeth and under bridges. They're an excellent option for those who find traditional flossing difficult.

●      Interdental Brushes: These tiny brushes can be used to clean between teeth and under bridges, and they are particularly effective for wider gaps.

Dietary Do's and Don'ts

While dental crowns and bridges are pretty durable, they're not invincible. To prevent chipping or cracking:

●      Avoid chewing on hard candies, ice, nuts, or raw vegetables. Opt for softer alternatives or cut hard foods into smaller pieces. Sticky candies and caramels can loosen the bond between your crown or bridge and the underlying tooth. Enjoy these treats in moderation.

●      Sudden temperature changes can cause crowns to contract or expand, potentially causing them to crack. Avoid alternating between hot and cold beverages in quick succession.

Lifestyle Habits to Avoid

Here are some lifestyle habits to avoid:

●      If you constantly clench or grind your teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a nightguard. This will protect your crowns and bridges from the excessive wear and tear caused by bruxism.

●      Don't use your teeth to open bottles, packages, or crack nuts. This can put undue stress on your crowns and bridges, potentially causing damage.

Regular Dental Checkups

Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist, typically twice a year. During these visits, your dentist can:

●      Inspect your crowns and bridges: They can check for any signs of wear, damage, or loose cement.

●      Perform professional cleanings: This will remove plaque and tartar buildup that your at-home routine may miss.

●      Address any concerns: If you experience discomfort or have questions about your crowns or bridges, your dentist can address them and recommend appropriate solutions.

Rinse with Care

Consider using an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing and flossing. This can help reduce bacteria and freshen your breath. However, avoid using mouthwashes with alcohol, as these can dry out your mouth and irritate your gums.

By following these simple yet effective care tips, you can ensure that your dental crowns and bridges last for many years to come. Remember, a healthy mouth with well-maintained restorations allows you to smile confidently and enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. We are The Family Dental Center, your trusted dental partner for you and your family. Contact us for any kind of dental concern today!

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