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3 Reasons Why Dental Hygiene Is Important When You Have Crowns

by Jeremiah Barnett

If you get a crown you may be relieved that a problem tooth is finally protected. However, having a crown does not mean you should slack on your oral hygiene. If anything, it means you should increase your hygiene practice to ensure your crown has a long life and no further problems occur in your already weakened tooth. 

Good Hygiene Can Extend the Life of a Crown 

Most crowns, if well-placed, last over a decade. However, if you don't follow good dental hygiene, it may not last as long. For example, most crowns hold stains at a different rate than natural teeth. If you do not brush your teeth regularly, your crown may end up not matching your surrounding teeth and you may want a new crown for aesthetic purposes. Additionally, extra care with your crown can prevent chipping or loosening of the cement, which will lower your chances of needing a replacement crown. 

Teeth With Crowns Can Still Decay 

If you have a full crown, most of that tooth is protected from decay. However, there are two instances when the tooth can still decay. First, around the gum line there is usually a thin strip of exposed tooth that can decay. It is important this area is regularly brushed and flossed to prevent buildup of plaque. Second, in some cases the cement holding the crown to your tooth can wash away, allowing bacteria to build up beneath your crown. Because of this, you should regularly check if your crown feels secure or if there is any foul odor or taste even after you brush your teeth. Regularly using mouthwash can help prevent decay if cement has washed away, but you should get in to see your dentist as soon as possible to refit the crown. 

The Gums Around a Crown Can Get Gum Disease 

A crown only protects your tooth. It does not protect your gums. If plaque builds up on your crown, your gums may get gum disease. This can result in receding gums that expose more of the sensitive root of your tooth, making tooth decay more likely. Brushing helps promote proper circulation in your gums and flossing removes particles stuck between your gums and your teeth, both of which can prevent gum disease around a crown. 

Flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups are especially important if you have a crown. Make sure you talk to your dentist about any special care you should follow. Contact a clinic, like Pembroke  Pines Dental, to get started.