To ensure that your crowned tooth lasts for long, you need to take proper care and follow some procedures. Such steps, if adhered to regularly, can not only provide optimum longevity to your restorations but also prevent supporting-tissue breakdown and future decay. You should also remember that having a crowned tooth would not protect you against gum diseases. This is why you need to continue practicing good oral hygiene. So, here are some home care tips to follow:
- You should not chew hard foods using your crowned tooth within 24 hours of having it. Since the cement would take time to mature and gain optimum strength, it’s best to stay away from chewing or eating hard food, hard candy or ice.
- Though your crowned tooth is prevented against decay, the same can’t be said for the gum line. Gum disease and decay may set in at the gum line in case harmful bacteria get harbored in the region. So, you should brush around the crown after eating and before bedtime to keep this area clean.
- It’s advisable to use a soft toothbrush for brushing around the crown. Many dental professionals recommend an electric toothbrush, which can clean better than manual toothbrushes.
- To prevent your teeth and gums from getting infected, you need to control the buildup of plaque and food debris under and around your teeth and gums. You may use automatic flosser, floss threader or a proxy brush to floss at least 1-2 times every day.
- Using an antibacterial mouthwash is yet another good way to keep your gum line healthy.
- Before going to bed, you can use a fluoride rinse, and swish it in your mouth forcefully for at least one minute. However, make sure that you don’t swallow the rinse. It’s recommended not to drink or eat anything for at least 30 minutes after the fluoride rinse.
- To ensure good oral hygiene and a healthy crowned tooth, it’s best to shun sticky treats like gummy bears, hard gum, caramels, salt water taffy, jelly beans, Swedish fish, and other candies that are sticky in nature.
- Limiting your intake of snacks, especially those high in sugar content, would also ensure longevity of your crowned tooth. In case you opt for such snacks occasionally, make sure to swish water in your mouth or brush your teeth to avoid the build-up of any residues.
- Since coffee, tea, and tobacco may stain your crowned tooth, it’s best to bring down their consumption, or better still, shun them totally.
So, keep these tips in mind and consult your dentist for more tips on how to care for a crowned tooth.