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Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC August 2018 Newsletter
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Helping to Protect Dental Crowns for Longevity
When you get a dental crown, it is important that you learn how to take care of it. If you take good care of it, you will get more years of use out of it than if you did not take care of it. There are a few things that can be done to help make crowns last as long as possible. Here are some of the things that you can do to increase how long your crowns last in your mouth.

First, you need to make sure that you are keeping your mouth clean and healthy. This means that you need to keep brushing twice each day. Plus, you need to floss at least once per day. When you are done flossing, you should also rinse your mouth thoroughly with a fluoride mouthwash. Then, make sure you come in and see us every six months.

Next, you need to make sure you are not chewing on anything that is not good for you. This includes ice, pens, pencils, and similar items. Chew on foods, drink your beverages nicely, and do not put excess pressure on that crown. Oh, yeah, don’t use your teeth when you should be using a tool.

Finally, you want to make sure that you get checked out for bruxism. That is when you grind or clench your teeth. Doing this puts a lot of strain on your teeth, especially a crown. It can cause your crown to crack or even break off.

If you are not sure what other things you can do to help keep your crown healthy, ask us at your next appointment!

Ways of Managing Teeth That Are Sensitive to Cold
Do your teeth hurt when you eat or drink something that is cold? Or when you breathe in through your mouth and the air moves across the surface of the tooth? If your answer is yes, there is good news: there are things you can to do help minimize the discomfort you are experiencing.

For one thing, sometimes a sensitivity to temperature can be the result of weakened enamel. The good news is that you can address this by regularly using a fluoride rinse to help remineralize your enamel.
Another common cause of cold sensitivity is overly vigorous brushing. If you brush too hard, it can cause your gum tissue to pull back, exposing sensitive tooth surfaces. So use a brush with soft (not firm) bristles, and you may be able to prevent the condition from worsening.

How Long Should Flossing Take Each Day?
Most people are aware of the need for flossing every day, even if they may not take it seriously. One reason that some people don't floss as often as they should is that they think it will take too long. This is not the case: proper dental hygiene does not take nearly as long as you may think, and you will find that the benefits are well worth the additional time.

Proper Flossing: 5 Minutes to Better Health

Brushing your teeth should take two minutes. After that, flossing properly will take 1-2 minutes. At first, it may take longer, but as you get better, you will also become faster at it. With braces it will take two of three times longer and it’s worth the effort.
So, take a few minutes a day, and invest in your future smile.

Dr. Jake and his Team would love to hear from you! Got a question? We can help!



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