Tips for Maintaining Dental Hygiene After Having Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns

Continually taking care of oral hygiene is important for teeth with crowns and bridges to ensure the endurance of the treatments for many years. The advised order for the oral hygiene routine is to floss and use an interdental brush before brushing the teeth and use mouthwash after. 

 

Tips for Maintaining Dental Hygiene After Having Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns

Taking care of oral hygiene continuously is important for teeth with crowns and bridges for endurance of the treatments for many years. The advised order for the oral hygiene routine is to floss and use an interdental brush before brushing the teeth and using mouthwash after. 

How to brush your dental veneers or crowns?

Brushing with the wrong brushing habit, toothbrushes with hard bristles, and brushing too often are the main causes of gum receding. The most basic step in maintaining dental hygiene is brushing your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps clear away plaque or tartar, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. It is advised to brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time, using a soft toothbrush or, if you use an electric toothbrush, use a soft or middle version and fluoride toothpaste. You should also brush your tongue to depose bacteria and freshen your breath. To clean the tongue, position your toothbrush at the back of the tongue. Brush forward and backwards along your tongue. It is best to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles become badly worn. Using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste will be enough. Using water while brushing is not recommended while spitting the tooth paste, and rinsing the mouth with water after brushing will decrease the effect of the toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste is also not recommended because this may negatively affect the surface of your crowns, it is better to use the ones for gums. Make sure to brush all surfaces of your crowns and teeth, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces. Tilt your toothbrush vertically, directed towards the gums; this will help your gums cover your crowns and will decrease the risk of gum receding. You can always brush from the pink area (gum) to the white area (crown). You may use a forward-backward motion to brush the chewing surfaces.

 

How to floss Dental Crowns/ Bridges?

Flossing is another essential part of maintaining dental hygiene. Flossing helps remove plaque and food leftovers from between your crown and under the gumline, and also in between your crowns, where your toothbrush cannot reach. It is advised to floss every one or two days, preferably just before bedtime.

To floss properly, use about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about two inches of floss between your hands. Gently slide the floss between your crown, making a C shape around each tooth and moving the floss up and down. Make sure to floss both sides of each crown and under the gumline. To clean under bridges, position the end of the floss at the gap below the bridge, and slide it across the other side. Some amount of bleeding for the first few times of flossing is normal, please do not stop flossing because this will stop after flossing regularly. The floss is for one use, throw it away after using. Flossing regularly will prolong the longevity of the crowns and bridges. 

Interdental toothbrush:

It is advised to use with your dentist’s confirmation since using an interdental toothbrush may damage your gums if you use more than required. You do not need to use toothpaste while using an interdental brush, water is enough. Do not use pressure since this may damage your gums. There are different sizes symbolized with colors and it is better to refer your dentist to choose the correct size for you. Bend the wire when cleaning between the back teeth. Interdental brushes are not for one use but it is better to replace them if you see deformation.

Water floss 

Also known as an oral irrigator, it is a device that aims a stream of water at your teeth. Water flossers help reach surfaces where a regular toothbrush and dental floss are unable to reach, and it is easier than using regular dental floss. If you use both dental floss and water flosser, you can make sure that a high percentage of leftovers and plaques are cleaned. It is especially useful and recommended for patients who have implant crowns and permanent bridges. Use it by aiming the tip at the gumline. Move along, pausing briefly between teeth. Aim the water from both the front and back sides of the teeth for one minute.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash is a great addition to your dental hygiene routine. It can help kill bacteria, freshen your breath, prevent plaque buildup and additionally, prevent one of the leading causes of gingivitis. There are different types of mouthwashes available, such as fluoride mouthwash for cavity prevention and antiseptic mouthwash for gum disease prevention. Fluoride-containing mouthwashes strengthen the tooth enamel and protect it from acid. 

It is best to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing. Do not swallow the mouthwash, and do not rinse your mouth with water after using it.  Using mouthwash once or twice a day is recommended, especially just before bedtime. 

Hygienist appointment

Regular dental checkups are necessary for maintaining dental hygiene. During your dental visit, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums and crowns, take X-rays if necessary, and clean your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. After the scaling, the hygienist will then polish your teeth. This will help to smooth the surface of your crowns.

Your dentist can detect any potential issues early on and provide treatment before they become more serious and they can also provide tips and recommendations for improving your dental hygiene routine.It is recommended to visit your dentist once a year for a routine checkup and cleaning.

Foods to Avoid:

Some foods that are sticky or chewy may affect the cement negatively. It is best to be mindful when choosing snacks, and reconsider choices like caramel, taffy, and gum. Not only can they stick to your crown, but they also contain high amounts of sugar. Steak is also a prime example of a food that can be tough to consume when you’ve just gotten a crown. It is recommended to use a knife rather than splitting it with your crowns.

Conclusion

Maintaining dental hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy and preventing serious health issues. By following these tips, you can make sure that your dental hygiene routine is effective and helps you achieve optimal oral health. Remember to brush and floss daily, use mouthwash, visit your dentist regularly, and maintain good aftercare for any dental procedures. With proper dental care, you can have a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.

 

DDS PhD Özkan Özkaynak
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