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As we get older suddenly we realised many things we didn't appreciate about being young - being fit, having smooth skin and having all your own teeth. As our loose teeth (and bridges) struggle to deal with chewier food we start eating bland mush and, there is no easy way to say this, OLD PEOPLE FOOD. I'm determined not to let that happen to me and I'm doing everything I can to keep my own teeth as long as possible, and when that's not possible to get the best possible teeth replacement. If you are like me and want to keep on eating whatever you want, I think you'll like my site. It's all about dental health and teeth replacement & maintenance.

Keeping your teeth young

Care Tips for Your Temporary Dental Crowns

Mabel Hicks

A dental crown is a tooth covering used to restore the natural shape of broken or damaged teeth. It is typically placed over the residual part of a natural tooth, giving it a fuller appearance. Besides aesthetics, a crown helps the wearer to bite and chew with relative ease and comfort. Temporary crowns, in particular, are only as reliable as how well you take care of them. Neglect them or use them improperly and they will not serve you well. Below are some useful care tips for your temporary dental crowns.

Avoid eating hard and tacky foods

Temporary crowns should not be used to bite hard foods and chew sticky foods because they are not as strong as permanent crowns. Hard food items can easily cause the crowns to crack or break. Sticky foods, on the other hand, can grab and pull the dental appliance loose. If you must bite something hard or chew something tacky, be sure to use the teeth located on the opposite side of your crowns.  

Avoid grinding on your crowns

If you have the habit of grinding your teeth, it is important that you talk to your dentist about it. This is because the pressure of grinding can cause dental crowns to splinter. Your dentist will take appropriate steps to help you avoid the habit. For example, they may provide you with a mouth guard.

Floss your teeth properly

If plaque is left to build up around your dental crowns, they can cause decay or even periodontal disease. Proper flossing is crucial to the good health of your teeth. Typically, brushing your teeth at the correct times is not enough to ensure proper oral hygiene because the bristles of your brush cannot enter the openings between your teeth.

Slide the flossing product into the small crevices found between your teeth. Make sure to slide the floss out rather than lifting the material out. Lifting the floss out may dislodge the temporary crown. Alternatively, you can use interdental cleaners, as these are special sticks or picks can clean between teeth just like floss. Also, rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash can help to remove the bacterial buildup around the crown.

Go for regular dental checkups and at-office cleanings

During these visits, your dentist can check your crown to ensure it is in good shape and catch any impending problems before the dental appliance can sustain any damage.