Dental crowns are a common dental treatment. At Woodin Creek Dental in Woodinville, WA, we place plenty of these tooth-shaped “caps” over a prepared tooth structure to restore the size, shape, and appearance of a damaged tooth.
These permanent structures are stable, but if you want your dental crown to last as long as possible, it’s a good idea to take care of it. One of the ways you can do that is by avoiding foods that can compromise your crown.
Avoid Chewy, Sticky, and Hard Foods
Foods such as caramel, nougat, Tootsie rolls, toffee, and raisins can stick to the crown, pulling at it. Chewing gum can do the same. All of these can compromise the life of your crown.
Chewing on foods that are particularly hard can wreak havoc on a dental crown. Watch out when you are eating hard candies, popcorn, and raw vegetables such as carrots and celery. Don’t chew on ice; this can damage your crown as well as your healthy teeth.
Other Ways to Make Your Crown Last
In addition to watching what you eat, there are other ways you can help the longevity of your dental crown, including:
- Chew on the other side of your mouth in the days following crown placement. The crown area might be a bit sensitive anyway, so avoiding chewing on it while it is hardening is a good idea.
- Watch out when you are flossing. Rather than lifting the floss from between the teeth around the crown, slide it out instead to avoid potential damage to the crown.
- Brush and floss diligently. You still need to take care of the gums around the crown as well as the other teeth in your mouth.
- Visit your dentist twice each year. Your dentist can keep an eye on your crown to ensure it is holding up the way it should.
For more information on dental crowns in Woodinville, WA, call Woodin Creek Dental to discuss your options.