Oral hygiene is a key part of your oral health. It keeps your teeth healthy and your mouth clean and prevents conditions such as gum disease. But what if you have some “fake teeth,” such as dental crowns, bridges, or dentures?
Can you be laxer when it comes to your oral health since these teeth are made of synthetic materials?
The short and simple answer is no. Let us explain why it is important to brush your dental crowns.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are caps that are used to restore a damaged or weak tooth. They can serve as teeth restoration for dental implants or after a root canal when a good chunk of your tooth has been affected by decay.
They are a safe way to restore damaged teeth and restore mouth function.
Dental crowns are usually made out of ceramic or composite resin. Ceramic ones have a longer life span compared to composite resin ones, but they are also more expensive.
However, regardless of the material used, oral hygiene is one of the most important factors that influence the longevity of your dental crowns.
Here’s Why You Should Brush Your Dental Crowns
Maybe you believe that if you have a dental crown, then the tooth is protected, and brushing is not that important anymore. That’s far from the truth.
While a dental crown will protect the outer part of your tooth, the root and gums are still exposed and prone to decay. If you don’t brush your teeth regularly, food particles and bacteria can accumulate at the base of the crown, between the gum line and crown line. In time, food particles will turn into plaque and tartar, and bacteria will slowly find a way to penetrate the gum line and eat away at your natural tooth. This can lead to gum disease and/or tooth decay.
Other Ways to Take Care of Your Dental Crowns
Brushing your crowns is highly important, but it’s not the only way you can take care of your dental crowns. Other preventive methods include:
- Flossing your dental crowns, just like you do it with your natural teeth
- Avoid sticky, chewy, and hard foods
- Use a mouth guard and a night guard when needed
- Avoid habits that can damage your crowns
- Visit your Lombard dentist regularly to make sure your crowns are healthy and strong
Daily oral hygiene and good habits are the first lines of defense when it comes to protecting your dental crowns. If you would like some additional tips or want to check on the health and integrity of your crowns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Brett Blacher DDS.
We offer a wide range of services and dental technology sure to fit every need.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brett Blacher or one of the amazing dentists on our team.
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