Oral Care Tips for Bridges and Crowns

Now that you’ve gotten a crown it’s important that you’re taking proper care of it. While a crown or bridge seamlessly takes the place of your original tooth, and you can expect to eat and chew without a problem, you will want to make some changes to your dental care routine to protect it. While dental implants in Chicago, IL, can last 10 years or longer, they can sometimes come loose or fall out prematurely. To prevent this from happening, the most important thing you can do to ensure the longevity of your new crown or bridge is by practicing good oral hygiene.

Tooth decay is one of the biggest threats to dental crowns and bridges. Food can become stuck between the teeth or under the false tooth. If decay sets in, the natural teeth on either side of the false tooth are weakened, and the bridge can fail.

By following a few simple steps, you can keep your dental crown healthy and prolong its life.

  • Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily.
  • To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.
  • Visit your dentist or dental hygienist regularly for a professional cleaning.

Speak with your dentist about how to care for your dental bridge and continue regular visits so they can inspect the crown regularly.