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If you have received dental crowns, you may be tempted to think, “They’re not my real teeth, I don’t need to brush them.” While it is true they are replacing your real teeth, they are not entirely different from your natural teeth. If you keep up with brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist and a few other things, you can make the crown endure and protect the gums.

One thing to keep in mind is that your dental crown and your natural teeth are not invulnerable. They are hard enough to chew food, but chewing on ice and hard candy, as well as overindulging with hard foods can break them. To keep yourself safe, try not to chew hard candy and ice, and try not to eat too many overly hard foods.

You must be careful that you do not grind your teeth. Do not clench your teeth either. These two things can also break and wear down your crowns and natural teeth. Try to be aware of any moments where you clench or grind your teeth so you can relax your mouth and avoid putting too much stress on them.

You must also be aware of your gums. The crown does protect the remainder of the tooth it covers, but the gums are still exposed. Plaque can still build up on and around the crown, which can lead gum disease if plaque reaches the gums. If you brush, floss and make semi-annual visits with the dentist, you can clean the plaque that is both on and around the crown, thus protecting your gums.

If you would like for us to help you care for your dental crowns and your other teeth, please visit us here at Northside Dental in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our dentist, Dr. Brandon Cera, is here to serve you. Just call 505-820-3551 to get in touch.