Tooth Decay

Taking Care of your Dental Bridges and Crown

If you have just had a dental procedure to get a dental bridge or crown, you may be wondering how to make sure that your bridge or crown will last as long as possible. If properly taken care of, crowns and bridges can actually even potentially last a life time.

At Masters Dental, we want to make sure your dental crown or bridge lasts as long as possible, so here are two simply and easy guidelines for good oral health care and for protecting your dental crown or bridges.

First, make sure you are keeping up with your daily oral health care routine including twice daily brushing and flossing using fluoride and other approved toothpastes. This also means that you need to make sure to keep up with your dental appointments. Regular cleanings and check-ups are important. This will allow you dentist to spot a problem before it becomes serious.

Second, watch what you eat. Your crowns and bridges aren’t entirely invincible. Even superman has his kryptonite. Avoid chewing extra hard food such as chewing ice, especially near the location or your bridge or crown. Also, there is not reason to put other hard objects in your mouth. If you like to use your teeth to rip tape or open containers, this isn’t a good idea.

For more information on dental crowns and bridges, check out Colgate’s great informative website. Masters Dental is also hear to help of you have any questions.

How to Reduce Plaque

Plaque … we all have to deal it. No matter how well we brush and floss, it seems to never go away. Lucky for us, this is why we go to the dentist to keep our teeth clean, healthy, and free of plaque.

However, if you have a lot of plaque built up every time you go to the dentist, you may not be doing everything you can to help reduce plaque build up on your teeth. Here is a list of some ways you can reduce plaque:

  1. Brush and Floss regularly! Yes, we know this is the obvious one, but it is also the easiest and one of the most important. Good daily oral health routines are one of the best ways you can fight off plaque build up on your teeth. It is easy to go to bed saying you will only skip tonight, but all too quickly that becomes a habit. Don’t skip the basics! Make sure you brush twice a day for at least two minutes and remember to floss as well!
  2. Choose your toothpaste wisely. Depending on your toothpaste, you can have a higher likelihood of reducing plaque. If you have an issue with plaque build up, check to see if you are using a tartar-control toothpaste and/or a fluoride toothpaste. If not, consider switching.
  3. Get an upgrade. Get an electronic toothbrush. These toothbrushes have been shown to eliminate plaque and give a deeper clean than normal manual toothbrushes. Skeptical? Give it a try and find out.
  4. Consider your diet. What you put in your mouth is important too! The food you eat can actually effect plaque build up. Not only that, but also if you plan to eat food high in acidity or sugar content you may need to brush and floss longer and/or more frequently to ensure all the remaining food particles and bacteria are removed from your teeth.

We help these four reminders keep your teeth looking better than ever. Remember though, your semi-annual dental appointments are just as important to keeping your teeth healthy.