Caring For Your New Teeth

We provide the teeth that you can smile and function with confidence. It is also important that you take care of your teeth so they will last life long. Good dental care is a requirement for maintaining healthy gums, protecting dental work, and reducing the risk of gum disease from specific health issues.

Keeping bacterial away from your teeth and gum tissue

When you have permanent crowns, bridges, veneers, white fillings, or your own teeth, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene habits by brushing twice daily and flossing with dental floss or interdental cleaners (specially designed brushes and sticks) once a day. It is important to floss underneath the bride and around the teeth that help hold the bridge. These practices will help remove plaque from the area, and help prevent dental decay and gum disease.

Dental implants won’t decay, but one can have gum tissue disease around implants if they are not taken care of. Special care should be taken to remove bacteria around dental implants. Brush twice daily, floss daily, and rinse daily are recommended. Waterpik waterflosser is a good tool to help remove bacteria around dental implants.

Fighting with tooth decay

Crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays, or filling materials won’t decay. However, the teeth around them can still have cavities. Therefore, we recommend you to follow the useful tips:

Stay away from sweet or acidic food or drink: Sweet and acid are enemies of healthy teeth. Any kind of soda are bad to your teeth, including the diet ones. Acid can not only cause tooth decay and tooth sensitivity, but also cause teeth to wear off easily. We recommend you to rinse your teeth with water or fluoride mouth rinse after consumption of acidic drink.

Brush and floss away the bacteria: Brush twice daily using soft toothbrush or electric toothbrush and floss daily are recommended. Take special care of the areas where crowns or other restorations meet teeth.

Fluoride mouthrinse and varnish to remineralize teeth: Fluoride can help remineralize teeth that are temporarily damaged by sweet or acid, therefore minimize the chance of tooth decay. We recommend you to rinse daily with over-the-counter mouth rinse that contains fluoride, such as Purple Listerine Total Care or ACT, and to have fluoride varnish at your hygiene recall appointment.

Minimize the effect of dry mouth syndrome: It is common to have dry mouth syndrome when you take medicines for other diseases. People who have dry mouth syndrome are more prone to have tooth decay, and need special care. Fluoride varnish is recommended every three month.

Minimizing the mechanical damage to your teeth

Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects, since this could damage your crown. It is also important to avoid biting your fingernails and grinding your teeth, which could significantly shorten the life-span of your dental bridge.

If you habitually clench or grind your teeth, we recommend you to wear a night-time occlusal guard to help protect your bridges while sleeping. A night occlusal guard should be fabricated with your own impression, not from any drug stores. The over-the-counter mouth guards are not designed for long-term wear, therefore they can change your bite.

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