Posted on: 3 January 2017Share
If you just got some crowns placed in your mouth, taking care of them properly should be one of your top priorities. Here are a few tips that will help ensure that your take the best care of your new dental crowns as you possible can.
#1 Ditch the Chewy
When you have a dental crown in your mouth, in general, you need to stay away from foods that are really chewy and sticky. These types of sticky foods can actually damage your crown. They can pull at your crown and pull your crown out of place over time. This will result in you needing a new crown.
Some of the biggest food offenders that fall into this category include gum, chewy soft candies such as caramel or taffy, and anything gummy, even raisins. If you need to freshen your breath, stick to breath mints that you can suck on and dissolve in your mouth instead of gum. Get your fruity fix from real fruit instead of chewy candies.
#2 Avoid the Hard
In addition to avoiding chewy foods, you are also going to want to avoid foods that are really hard. Foods that are really hard could cause your crown to crack or break, which will require just as much work as repair as a crown that gets pulled out from chewy foods.
Although raw vegetables can be a great snack, they can be little hard on your teeth. Try to avoid chowing down on carrots and celery for snack foods, and stick to the cooked or roasted version of these types of vegetables.
Hard candies are out as well, as they can easily crack your crown and other teeth.
If you have a habit of chewing on ice, you are going to need to drop it if you want to preserve the health of your teeth.
#3 Be Careful How You Chew
Overall, you can help protect your crown by being careful how you chew. Try to chew on the side of your mouth where your dental crown is not present. This is especially good advice to follow right after you get your crown, while the crown is setting in and may be more sensitive and easily damaged.
Eating any foods that you think may be a little hard or chewy on the other side of your mouth is another good way to preserve the long-term integrity of your dental crown.