Tips on Maintaining Dental Crowns

Crowns or caps are tooth-shaped covers placed over teeth that are badly damaged. One of the reasons why people have caps installed is because a tooth has been so severely damaged that a regular tooth filling will no longer suffice. They are also used to improve a tooth’s appearance and used to cover misshapen or badly discolored teeth.

Crowns can be made of metal, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal or zirconia or ceramic. Like any other dental fixture, crowns need to be cleaned regularly. Every Daytona Beach dentist would agree that the key to maintaining a crown is in remembering these basic steps.

 

Brushing

Brush your dental crown with a soft bristle toothbrush to reduce pressure and irritation along the gum line. It is advisable to brush after meal times to avoid infections.

Gargling

Gargle with an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to dislodge food particles from the crown. This will also help reduce bacteria growth in the gums and teeth.

Flossing

Don’t forget to floss. Place the floss on one side of the crown and run it through the teeth with a side-to-side motion. Be careful not to apply too much pressure on the dental crown, otherwise it might get dislocated.

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