If you have a dental crown restoration on one or more of your teeth, it's a good idea to avoid certain foods. This will help to ensure the longevity of your crown and help you avoid situations where you are living without your tooth because it fell out. Here is the breakdown of which foods to avoid.
A Sticky Situation
Foods that are sticky or gummy can actually pull off your crown. In fact, Tootsie Rolls may even be the worst culprit. Sticky foods adhere to your restoration and can actually break the seal holding them in place, which can loosen or pull off your crown. Watch out for these sticky foods:
- Gummy bears, tootsie rolls, or other candies (Starbursts, Swedish Fish, taffy, etc.)
- Chewing gum
In a Hard Place
Foods that are hard are also best to avoid when you have a crown or bridge. Hard foods can actually fracture or crack your restoration causing the need for a new one. Here are the foods you should be aware of:
- Ice - only if you chew on it
- Certain hard candies (jawbreakers, suckers, etc.)
- Vegetables that are raw (carrots, celery, etc.)
Caring for Your Crown
In addition to avoiding sticky or hard foods, you should also be utilizing a consistent home care routine to take care of your restoration. Brushing at least twice each day and carefully flossing at least one will help keep your crown free of the plaque and bacteria that can also cause damage to your tooth.
Routine dental cleanings and checkups every six months will also ensure the health of crowns and bridges in Ocean City, MD. If it is time to schedule your next appointment, give your team at Atlantic Dental a call today to arrange a convenient time for your next visit.