How to Care For Your New Dental Crowns

How to Care For Your New Dental Crowns from Paramount Dental Care & Specialty in Long Beach, CADental crowns are a valuable investment in your oral health and smile's appearance. Whether you have received crowns to restore damaged teeth or for cosmetic reasons, it is important to properly care for them to ensure they last a long time. Here are some essential tips to help maintain the longevity and aesthetics of your new dental crowns.

Maintain good oral hygiene habits

Just like natural teeth, dental crowns require regular oral care. Brushing and flossing twice daily prevents plaque buildup and helps maintain healthy gums. Use non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush to clean the crowns gently. Make sure to reach all areas around the crown, paying extra attention to the gum line.

Use non-abrasive dental products

Avoid using abrasive dental products, such as toothpaste with baking soda or charcoal, as they can wear down the surface of the crowns over time. Instead, choose a mild fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. In addition, consider using an antimicrobial mouthwash to help control bacteria growth in the mouth.

Attend regular dental check-ups

Schedule regular dental check-ups with a dentist. They can monitor the condition of the dental crowns and address any emerging issues early. Professional cleanings can also help maintain the gum's health and ensure the area around the crown remains free from plaque and tartar buildup.

Avoid chewing hard or sticky foods

While dental crowns are generally durable, they can still suffer from damage due to excessive hard or sticky foods. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candies, or using teeth to open items. In addition, be cautious when chewing stick foods like caramel or taffy since they can also put excessive stress on the crowns.

Wear a mouthguard for grinding

For those who have a habit of grinding their teeth, also known as bruxism, consider wearing a mouthguard at night. Grinding can put pressure on the dental crown, potentially increasing the risk of the crowns cracking or chipping over time. A custom-fit mouthguard can help protect both one's natural teeth and crowns from this excessive force.

Limit consumption of staining substances

Crowns consist of materials like porcelain, which are resistant to staining. However, excessive consumption of staining substances can discolor the crowns and ruin their appearance. Limit consumption of highly pigmented foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, and dark berries to maintain the dental crown's color. When consuming them, rinse the mouth or brush the teeth shortly afterward.

Do not use your teeth as tools

Using the teeth as tools, whether to open a package or crack a nut, can damage the new crown. This behavior can stress the crown excessively, causing it to chip or crack. Always use the appropriate tools for these tasks and leave teeth for eating and chewing.

Seek immediate attention for any issues

If you experience any discomfort, sensitivity, or changes in your dental crowns, it is important to seek immediate attention from a dentist. Early intervention can prevent more extensive issues and ensure they last as long as possible.

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Properly caring for and maintaining your new dental crowns helps keep them looking and functioning normally. By following the tips above, you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for years. If you have any concerns or questions about your dental crowns, do not hesitate to call Paramount Dental Care & Specialty. Our team is here to provide you with the information and care you need to ensure your crowns last for a long time.

Request an appointment or call Paramount Dental Care & Specialty at 562-450-1261 for an appointment in our Long Beach office.

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