3 Tips For Caring For Your Dental Crowns

If you have a dental crown in place of one of your teeth, then you know how it is a bit different, and often more difficult, to try and keep this tooth clean and looking healthy. You often have to approach cleaning it just a little bit differently than your natural teeth. This is because of both the makeup of the tooth as well as the placement of the tooth at the gums. Thankfully, there are small changes that you can make in order to ensure that your dental crown remains looking great and your gums above it remain healthy and strong. This article will discuss 3 tips for caring for your dental crowns.

Use A Water Flosser 

Since flossing your teeth can be a bit more difficult around your dental crown, it is important that you do all that you can to ensure that you still get a good flossing in. However, if you feel that regular floss gets stuck and/or breaks each time that you try to use it on your crown, then you may want to consider trying a water flosser. Because a water flosser uses pressurized water to clean the areas above and around your dental crowns, you don't have to worry about floss breaking or areas being missed. While a water flosser is going to cost a bit more up front than regular floss, you will likely save money in the long run by avoiding the cost of paying for cavities due to poor flossing habits. 

Avoid Hard Foods

While your regular teeth are going to be sensitive to hard foods, your crowns are going to be even more sensitive. They are made of porcelain, and while this a strong material, it is more likely to break and chip than a regular tooth. So, before you consider eating a hard candy or using your teeth to try and break something hard in half, you should reconsider. Instead, break up whatever you are eating in smaller pieces first, or simply avoid the food altogether. 

Brush It More Often

Since your crown is more likely to get food stuck above and around it, you may want to consider brushing this particular tooth and area of your mouth more often. So instead of twice each day, you may want to brush once after each meal. By doing this, you are ensuring that your gums and surrounding teeth stay healthy and don't suffer from the negative impacts of plaque and tartar buildup. 

For additional advice, contact a dentist like Hyten David W DMD.