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Jan
7

3 Options for Flossing Around Your Crown

Posted in Crowns

Your dental crown is an important part of your smile. Not only does it protect a tooth and let you chew comfortably, but it completes your smile. You want to do all you can to make it last.

Here are a few ways you can floss to keep your crown (and surrounding teeth) clean, strong, and long-lasting.

  1. Traditional Floss or Tape

Your dental crown should touch shoulders with neighboring teeth. If it doesn’t, food is likely to get trapped in the space and cause gum irritation. Where teeth touch is called the “contact.” Regular floss is designed to work in these areas, no matter whether it’s a tooth or crown.

  1. Textured Floss

Textured floss is great for the back of a crown on the last tooth in a row. If the crown doesn’t have a neighbor, the fluffy portion of the textured floss is great for wrapping around the back.

It’s also ideal for bridges. You can slip one end of the floss under the bridge and then gently scoot the absorbent part back and forth as you sweep it under the pontic and shimmy it around the crowns to make sure you’re mopping up as much bacteria and debris as possible.

  1. Water Flosser

A powered flossing device packs a little more oomph and detail in areas a toothbrush can’t reach. It accesses places that your fingers might not be able to either.

Using a powerful yet gentle stream of water, the flosser is great for flushing plaque away from a crown that may irritate gum tissue around it.

Are you looking for the perfect crown-cleaning solution? Ask your dentist for more suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

 

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