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Oct
7

Cavities Behind Porcelain Veneers

Posted in Veneers

Porcelain does not decay. However, cavities can affect the part of your tooth that is behind the porcelain veneer.

The area of your tooth that is most susceptible to decay is your veneer’s side edge that contacts other teeth. Therefore, regular flossing is very important. Veneered teeth can remain healthy for years as long as good dental hygiene is practiced every day.

Following are three (3) steps to help prevent the formation of cavities behind dental veneers:

  • Brush and floss daily – to properly maintain your porcelain veneers and beautiful smile, remember that the teeth underlying the veneers are vulnerable to decay. The area where your tooth and the veneer meet (the gum line) is especially susceptible to decay. Therefore, flossing is important if you have veneers. Be sure to brush and floss daily. Pay special attention to keeping your veneer’s edges free of bacteria and plaque.
  • Beware of frequent alcohol consumption – the bonding material that bonds the veneers to your teeth dissolves from alcohol. Therefore, the more frequent you drink alcohol, the more the adhesive material dissolves. The best thing you can do after drinking alcohol is to rinse your mouth with water. Rinsing afterwards will protect your veneers. Also, beware of and avoid mouthwashes with alcohol.
  • Schedule regular check-ups –get your teeth checked and cleaned twice each year. This allows your dentist to check your veneered teeth’s health. Also, your dentist will be able to remove hardened plaque. Remember, the best way to take care of your teeth is to identify and eliminate decay as soon as possible. Regular check-ups allow you to be proactive and maintain healthy veneered teeth that are free of cavities.

For more information about porcelain veneers, contact your local dentist.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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