So you’ve just completed your dental work and have brand new crowns and bridges to show for it. Congratulations! Now you might wonder how you will keep your new dental investments healthy.
The good news is that the answer is quite simple. As usual, we encourage you to brush at least twice daily and floss nightly, if possible, prior to brushing. However, there are a few more tools on the market that you might not have considered.
- Proxy-brushes. Also sometimes called proxa-brushes, these small brushes resemble the pipe cleaners of your elementary school days. They are readily available in most drug stores and come with short handles and covers for on-the-go use, as well as long handles for accessing molar teeth. Proxy-brushes are excellent not only if you have many crowns where food gets caught in between the teeth, but also for sliding under bridges.
- Rubber tip. Also called the rubber tip stimulator, the rubber tip is an oldie but a goodie. This tool typically features a long slender handle with a ball of rubber on the end that points into a tip. This handy tip is rubbed along the crown margins, just at or below the gumline, almost like tracing a drawing on paper. The back-and-forth motion disrupts plaque and helps prevent bacteria from getting up under your crowns.
- Waterpik. Normally thought of as a tool for people with braces, the Waterpik is an excellent option for navigating behind crowns on those hard to reach back teeth. Also, for people who find it difficult to floss under their bridges, the Waterpik helps with pushing food and plaque out from under the bridge, as well as along the teeth supporting the bridge.
The tools above are a few of the lesser known options on the market and we hope you’ll find success in adapting at least one of them into your dental routine as you care for your crowns and bridges. If you would like further information, or are searching for a caring dentist in the South Attleboro, MA area, please feel free to contact us.