ORANGE CITY & DELTONA, FL
The price of a cup of coffee from Starbucks – $2.95. The price of a trip to Disney World – too much to even mention. The price of a beautiful smile – priceless!
You can’t really put a price on your smile unless you’ve spent hundreds or even thousands on making it look unforgettable. In which case, you want to protect your investment. To keep your cosmetic dental restorations looking good and functioning at its best, it’s going to require some care. Whether you have cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, or a new dental crown, Dr. Terry Soule, DDS, has some tips to help you keep your cosmetic dental work looking fantastic.
Let your dental hygienist know of any dental work that you have
This mostly applies to anyone who hasn’t been to the dentist in a while, or who may be looking for a new dentist in Orange City. Other than a dentist, a dental hygienist is the only other professional that is licensed to clean your teeth, and are likely the ones to be doing it when you go in for your cleaning. That being said, most dental hygienists are pretty good at identifying dental restorations (having X-rays helps), but sometimes, restorations can look so good that they can be hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. So, if it is the first time you have seen a particular dental hygienist at a new office, let them know about any restorations that you have. While restorations still need to be scaled and polished, special care is needed as not to be too abrasive and polish off the beautiful sheen on your dental work.
Keep your alcohol consumption in check
A cocktail or two during happy hour isn’t going to be a big deal. But, too much alcohol over time may ruin the bond of certain dental restorations. While we aren’t saying you never can enjoy an adult beverage if you have dental work, just be cautious of how much you consume at once, and how often. Drink water too, which helps rinse away the alcohol in your mouth.
Avoid biting hard candies or ice cubes
It is best not to bite down on hard candies or ice cubes. We know it’s hard to resist that good ice (you know the kind – the small, crunchy ice bits served at that famous fast-food chicken sandwich chain). But, trust us when we say avoid chewing it at all costs. Chomping down on these hard things could crack the porcelain surrounding your restoration. While that won’t affect the function, per se, it will make your dental work not so attractive. This may not seem like a big deal if you damage a restoration that’s far back in your mouth. But, crack a porcelain veneer on your front tooth, and you’ll be running to the dentist for a repair!
Wear a mouthguard if you play sports
Wearing a mouthguard protects your dental restorations and your teeth. Just think, lots of things could go wrong when you play sports. You could get hit in the mouth by a ball or other piece of sporting equipment. Another player could elbow you, accidentally of course. You could collide with another player, the ground, or a wall. You see where this is going. A custom-made sports guard or mouthguard protects your investment, and those natural teeth, too. And, mouthguards are recommended beyond team sports. Are you a river rapids junky? That ore you use to steer your kayak could quickly come back and pop you in the mouth. Do you mountain bike? Trees don’t move. One unfortunate crash could ruin an expensive dental restoration, or knock out a natural tooth that now needs expensive repairs.
Take good care of your teeth
This should go without saying, but be good to your teeth and they will be good to you. Dental restorations have to be brushed, flossed, and professionally cleaned just like the rest of your teeth. Let that tartar buildup go rampant and ignore your oral hygiene routine, and you will quickly learn that hard dental porcelain restorations won’t last long in your mouth, and neither will your other teeth. Keep your restorations looking good for the long haul by brushing twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist twice a year for cleanings.
For more ways on how to make your dental restorations last a long time, or if you need a dentist in Orange City that fixes broken dental work, Terry Soule, DDS, is here to help. Just contact our office, or call (386) 775-1552. Dr. Soule gladly accepts patients from Debary, Deltona, and Orange City, Florida.