Crowns are put in place to replace damaged, broken or decaying teeth. They form a barrier over your tooth’s surface while also strengthening it. If you’ve recently undergone a dental crown treatment, you’ll need to be careful with the types of food you eat. To keep your crown in good shape stay away from the following foods:
Sticky foods: Foods that are sticky can destroy your crown. Sticky foods will adhere to your teeth and could pull the crown out of position.
Raw vegetables: Cooked vegetables are fine to eat after a dental crown procedure because they are soft. However, raw vegetables should be avoided. One bite can potentially crack the crown.
Popcorn and nuts: Popcorn kernels can get stuck in your teeth and if you accidentally bite into one while chewing, you could be looking at a broken crown. The same goes for nuts. If you find yourself at the movies, stay away from regular concession stand fare and bring your own soft snacks.
Candy: Avoid candy, whether it is hard or soft because it isn’t only bad for your crown, it’s bad for your oral health overall. Sugary foods like candy create cavities and can hurt your crown if you bite down into a hard or sticky piece.
Ice: If you are someone who likes to chew on ice, you won’t be able to do so after a dental crown treatment. Instead of chewing on ice, allow the ice to melt in your mouth, that way you won’t be tempted to bite into it and damage your crown.
Foods that are extremely hot or cold: Hot and cold foods won’t damage your crown, but they can cause some discomfort if you are already prone to tooth sensitivity. While the crown is bonding to your tooth, stick to room temperature foods (or at least stay away from ice cream and boiling hot soup).
Besides eating the right foods, you should also avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that has the crown in the days that follow the procedure. Furthermore, you need to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. In fact, if you ignore your oral hygiene following a dental crown treatment, you run the risk of more damaged and cracked teeth. Crowns are durable, but you need to take care of them. Brush twice daily and floss at least once per day. Also, you should consider purchasing a mouthwash product to fully remove any bacteria from the crown’s surface and in between your teeth. Your dentist can recommend a brand that they trust.
For more information regarding dental crown treatment, or to make an appointment with Discovery Dental, please contact us at 289-624-1809. You can also book your appointment online here.