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Watch Out! Sticky Treats Can Damage Crowns

March 30, 2018
Posted By: Dr. H. Justin Harlow, DDS
Dental Crowns in Charlotte NC | Woman in Oral Pain

Most people are used to their dentist telling them to avoid sweet treats to protect their oral health, but the truth is that some sugary foods cause more harm than others. This is especially true if you have any dental restorations such as dental crowns or fillings.

All sugary foods put your oral health at risk because they feed the bacteria in your mouth that can cause tooth decay. But sweet treats that are sticky can be even more damaging. Not only does the sticky nature keep the sugar on your teeth longer, but the texture can put your restorations at risk for falling out.

For more information on taking care of dental crowns and other restorations, contact your Charlotte dentist Dr. Justin Harlow. Meanwhile, read on for more tips on preserving your restorations—and your oral health.

Foods to Avoid with Dental Crowns

If you have a dental crown, eating food that is chewy or sticky can pull at your crown. If it doesn’t pull out the crown completely, it can certainly impact the life of your restoration.

Here’s a list of foods you should forego to protect your crown:

  • Gum
  • Caramel
  • Raisins
  • Certain sticky candies, including taffy, gummies, Tootsie Rolls, Starburst, and so forth

You should also avoid hard foods because they can potentially break or crack your dental crown. These include:

  • Raw vegetables such as carrots and celery
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candies

You should also avoid chewing on ice. (This is true even if you have no restorations!)

Caring for Your Dental Crown

When you first get your dental crown, try to avoid chewing on it for the first few days until it has the opportunity to “set.” When flossing the area around the crown, be sure to pull the floss through rather than up around it. As always brush regularly, and visit your dentist twice each year for checkups.

Dental Crowns in Charlotte 

If it’s time for an examination or if you damage one of your dental crowns, be sure to call Charlotte dentist Dr. Justin Harlow to schedule an appointment!

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