Undergoing dental procedures, whether minor or major, requires diligent care to maximize its benefits. That said, it follows that you must be aware of the changes that you have to make especially when it comes to the food that put into your mouth. Even when your teeth and gums are
The explanation for this is simple. Sugar weakens tooth enamel which in time can result in tooth decay then progress to plaque and eventually, cavities. By minimizing sweets passing through the mouth, you are also lowering the risk of getting tooth decay. For those who have bridge or crown, there are more reasons to avoid eating candies:
- Crowns or bridges are usually made of porcelain which can get chipped, cracked or broken when you often snack on hard candies, chocolate-coated nuts or mints. Crowns and bridges can stand normal chewing and processing of food. The harder the candy that you chew, the more force you subject the porcelain bridge or crown and that can eventually break or chip it.
- If you choose soft, chewy and sticky candies, your crowns and bridges are no safer from chipping or breaking. Sticky caramels or candies can bond with the porcelain material and loosen the cement used to keep it in place. Sticky candies take more effort to remove from teeth and therefore you chew more than normal subjecting the crowns or bridges to damage. When it is already loose, it is just a matter of time before it chips or breaks and needs replacement.
If you cannot help it, choose soft candies that are not sticky and sugar-free. Eat candies sparingly. Rinse your mouth after eating candies. Do not brush your teeth right after eating, instead wait for several minutes for your enamel to harden again before doing so. Floss after brushing and regularly visit your Houston cosmetic dentist to prolong the life span of your crown or Houston dental bridge.