Dental crowns and bridges are extremely common and popular restoration techniques, and are designed to last for many years, if not a lifetime. There are times, however, when a crown or bridge can become loose due to changes in tooth, bone or gum health. The most positive steps you can take toward ensuring that your restorative work lasts as long as possible starts with excellent oral hygiene habits.
- Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day, or following each meal to remove harmful plaque that traps bacteria on your teeth, producing toxins and leading to infection.
- Floss each day, especially around your dental crowns or bridges. Because it is essential that you clean between the anchor teeth of a bridge and underneath the bridge itself, a waterpik or specialized floss can be used.
- Sonic-powered toothbrushes can be extremely helpful as a plaque remover by vibrating at a high velocity, allowing the brush to break down the plaque build-up and food debris that brushing leaves beneath the gumline.
- Antibacterial mouthwash can also help reduce bacterial build-up.
- Be sure your teeth are clean when you go to sleep at night. Don’t let bacteria and plaque take hold while you’re in bed. Sleep with a clean mouth and wake up to healthy teeth in the morning.
- Eat the right foods to maintain the nutrients your body needs to ensure healthy gums, bones and teeth. Avoid very hard or very sticky foods, such as ice or chewy candies. Keep foreign items out of your mouth, such as pens, pencils or your fingernails. Chewing these can lead to damage to your restorative work.
- See your dental professional regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Your restorative dental crown or bridge work can last for years to come if you take these simple steps toward protecting them, and protecting your overall dental health.
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