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Your new dental crown is impervious to the ravages of tooth decay. However, this doesn’t mean you should ignore it during your daily oral hygiene routine. In fact, complications from chronic gum disease can still pose a threat to the long-term integrity of your crown.

Plaque buildup and residual food particles that are not removed from the base of your teeth can harden into tartar near the gumline. This promotes gum disease that can in time compromise the abutment that is anchoring your crown.

Be sure to brush the crown and your other teeth twice per day. Then, floss between teeth and along the gumline each evening. If you’re having trouble working floss around the crown, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. The waxy coating helps slip the strand into tight places, reducing the risk of injuring your gums from snapping it into place.

The regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS, includes a cleaning procedure that will remove any residual hardened tartar.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your new dental crown in Pasadena, California, you can always call 626-793-2273 to talk to a member of our Hansen Dental Care staff.