When you invest in a dental crown or bridge, you want to ensure its longevity and protect your investment. The best way to do that is to take excellent care of your tooth crown or bridge both at home and by visiting your Forest Grove dentist every six months for teeth cleanings and checkups.
Here's our complete guide to making the most of your investment in your dental crown or bridge.
Commit to an Excellent Home Care Routine
Keeping your new crown clean and plaque-free is the key to its success. Regular brushing twice a day and carefully flossing around it once a day will help protect your crown from the bacteria that cause problems like gum disease that can impact the health of your crown.
You might consider and discuss changing to an electric toothbrush with your dentist if you haven't already. An electric toothbrush will make brushing more effortless and efficient and help you remove more of the plaque and bacteria build-up that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Visit Your Hillsboro Dentist Every Six Months
Regular checkups with your dentist will help you maintain the health of your crown or bridge. Your dentist will take x-rays once a year to ensure the health of your restoration and will perform a thorough exam during each checkup to check for breakdown of your crown or bridge.
Your dentist can make you aware of any concerns early on before problems become more significant and harder to deal with.
Avoid Troublesome Foods
Certain foods can be problematic for dental restorations like a crown or bridge. For example, a tooth crown can break or fracture if you bite directly into hard foods like crusty bread or an apple.
Chewy foods like caramel, taffy, or even steak can pull a restoration like a crown off of your tooth.
Avoiding foods that can cause damage to your smile will help you protect the longevity of your dental restorations.
Contact Our Dental Office
Contact Smith Dental, located in Aloha, Hillsboro, and Forest Grove, OR if you have additional questions about your crowns, bridges, or other aspects of your dental health.