Got Crowns, Bridges, Fillings, Braces or Other Dental Work?

Got Crowns, Bridges, Fillings, Braces or Other Dental Work?

Posted by Gabriala Brown, Founder Tooth Soap® on Dec 18th 2018

“Last week was my final visit with the dentist. I had all my teeth crowned. Every visit the dentist and his assistant would remark about how good my gums looked. I chuckled and told them I brush with soap. They laughed but did not ask any questions. I think they thought I was joking. On my last visit they said ‘really, I have never seen gums so healthy after wearing temporary crowns for so long’. This time I told them is the reason. They said they were going to check it out.” - Cathy Overholt

People with any dental work (fillings, crowns, bridges, braces) need to know that those surfaces are more plaque retentive than natural teeth. That means you are more likely to get cavities if you have crowns than someone who has never had any dental work. Once you have work done, you will be a lifer at the dentist (to maintain the dental work) and also the battle with tooth decay will be intensified.

The number one reason crowns fail is because of recurrent decay. Cavities form at the crown margins. Cavities can also form at the gum line because people spend more effort brushing their teeth than cleaning their gums.

Keeping the gums healthy is of utmost importance as hundreds of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms have a direct line into the bloodstream through inflamed gums. Periodontal disease leads to bone loss in the jaw, eventually leading to the loss of teeth.

Studies continue to correlate gum disease with other life threatening diseases. Gum health is as important if not more, than cavity prevention. If you have crowns, or bridges, or braces or even snap on veneers, stay on top of your brushing and disrupt that plaque more often than recommended.

What can you do to help keep your gums healthy? Take charge of your dental health. Brush with Tooth Soap®!