Taking Care of Your CrownsYour crowns are sturdy but you have to remember that they aren't your teeth. Your teeth are covered with enamel to protect the underlying structure. Enamel is the hardest substance in your body. Though your crowns are strong, they can’t withstand the abuse your teeth get. Here are a few things to look out for and to keep your crowns in tip-top shape.
First of all, continue your usual dental hygiene regimen. You should be using a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time you brush. Don’t scrimp on the time if possible because you need this time to thoroughly get your teeth clean. And don’t forget to floss at least once a day.
The next way to prolong the life of your crowns is to avoid eating foods that are hard. This includes chewing ice, jawbreakers and other extremely hard candies. And don’t crack nuts with your crowns.
Try to avoid grinding your teeth. Nothing will unseat a crown faster than grinding. If you can’t stop, talk to your dentist. Your dentist can give you a bite guard to protect your investment. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (503) 673-9097.