I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Dental crowns are designed to give teeth extra protection, but they run the risk of cracking or chipping if not cared for. Even though your crown is secured using dental cement, it is still susceptible to damage over time. The best way to make sure your dental crown lasts as long as possible is by following these tips to taking care of it.
Avoid Sticky Foods
If you have a dental crown, you should avoid eating sugary candy, gum, and caramel. These types of foods will stick to a dental crown, and pull on it when you open your jaw. It will cause the crown to loosen over time and eventually fall out.
It's not practical to completely avoid sticky foods, but knowing the kind of damage they can cause will help prevent damage from occurring. You may use the other side of your mouth to chew, or not bite down on candies that can be sucked on instead.
Be Cautious When Flossing
Once a crown is installed, there will not be anything that prevents you from brushing or flossing your teeth, though some extra precautions need to be taken to keep the crown in place. There is a chance that the floss can pull up on the edge of a crown, which will cause the crown to loosen. You can avoid this by not pulling up against the crown's edge, and pulling the floss out from the side of your teeth instead of up and over the crown.
Avoid Foods That Are Very Cold or Hot
Dental crowns can make your teeth feel more sensitive compared to how they felt before. Due to the material crowns are constructed with, it will conduct hot and cold temperatures when you eat foods in those extreme temperature ranges.
Using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth will not do anything to help, as the crown is unable to absorb any of the ingredients found in special toothpastes that help with sensitivity. If you experience extreme sensitivity, the best thing you can do is be aware of what causes the sensitivity to occur and avoid those foods. You will not cause any damage to the crown, but it will make eating uncomfortable.
If something does happen to a dental crown and it does fall out, hold onto the crown and schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately. If it's still in one piece, it is possible to insert it back into the tooth. Contact a dentist for more information.