After receiving a crown, it is important to know that you still need to care for your tooth the same as all of your other teeth.
- brush your teeth at least twice a day
- floss at least once a day
- gargle antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day
In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, there are other ways to care for a newly placed dental crown, especially if you have a temporary crown.
- Stick to a softer diet for a few days after the crown is placed.
- Try to chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth.
- Avoid eating chewy or sticky food like gum and candy. Chewy foods may pull and grab the newly placed crown. Plus, sugary sweets aren’t good for you anyway.
- Avoid eating excessively hard foods that may cause a crown to break or dislodge.
- Avoid lifting out food particles when flossing, but rather slide the floss to dislodge stuck food. Lifting the floss can potentially pull off the newly placed temporary crown.
Once the crown is cemented and fully cured, and your mouth has healed you can eat and drink just like you did before.