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About That Crown . . .

Dental Crowns and Bridges Houston, TXDental crowns. When we need them, we may not be very happy. A crown means that something has happened to cause significant damage to a tooth. This could be a direct hit from a rogue baseball or it could be a direct hit from oral bacteria at the center of the tooth. Whatever the reason a dental crown becomes necessary, there is actually something to be happy about. Today’s dental crowns are nothing like those that our parents and grandparents had to endure.

Originally, dental crowns were made from metal; gold, actually. The reason that dentists did not look for a suitable tooth-colored material was because the primary purpose of a crown was to restructure the tooth that could no longer function on its own. At the time, gold was the best choice. The metal crowns that look silver came later as a way to repair teeth in a more affordable manner. We cannot imagine that, even 100 years ago, patients had much appreciation for unnatural-looking dental crowns. Our perception is it was one of those “is what it is” situations. Luckily, that situation no longer exists.

Crowns Go Above and Beyond

The purpose of crowns has not changed. A better way to describe it would be to say that the purpose of crowns has expanded. Or maybe we should say the capabilities of dental crowns have expanded. The desire for an attractive smile has existed for centuries. The need for repair should not disrupt the natural nuances of the smile. Today’s crowns make sure this does not happen.

When there is a desire for natural appearance, and there almost always is, a porcelain crown may be the greatest value. Porcelain is commonly used in the fabrication of dental veneers due to the striking similarities between this material and the outer shell of teeth. In addition to resembling enamel, porcelain has also proved that it can hold up to the harsh nature of biting and chewing. In so doing, porcelain proved itself worthy of restorative function.

Porcelain crowns are a wonderful metal-free option that supports an all-natural smile. These restorations are comparable to metal-based crowns in terms of durability and longevity, too. To learn more about your options for restorative or cosmetic dental crowns, call Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700.

October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

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This month we’re bringing you simple habits that protect your teeth to promote October as National Dental Hygiene Month! Dental procedures can be fascinating and complicated, but most oral health care comes down to simple daily habits.

These simple habits that protect your teeth and your health should be a part of your daily dental hygiene routine.

Brush Your Teeth After Meals

Brushing your teeth after meals is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to protect your teeth. Are you brushing your teeth correctly?

  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush unless your dentist recommends something else.
  • Brush for at least two minutes, moving the brush in small circles.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste

If possible, keep a spare toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss handy at work, in your purse, or in your glove box so you can easily clean your teeth whenever necessary. If for some reason you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, rinse out your mouth with water.

Floss Every Single Day

Flossing is just as important as brushing—if not more important. You should floss at least once a day, gently moving the floss in between each of your teeth. Consider getting floss picks if you need something to make it easier.

Eat A Balanced Diet

The right food can help your teeth stay healthy and strong, while the wrong food can cause serious problems. Fortunately, most of the foods that are good for the rest of your body are good for your teeth.

Drink plenty of water and milk, eat your fruits and veggies, and avoid sugary and sticky foods and beverages. Vitamin D, Calcium, and Vitamin C all help your teeth stay strong, while sugar and acid can harm your teeth and contribute to bacteria growth.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

While there are many things you can do at home to protect your teeth, regular dentist visits are an essential habit if you want to keep your teeth healthy. Your dentist has tools that can clean your teeth much more thoroughly than you can at home. The dentist can also help you diagnose and fix problems before they become worse.

For more help taking care of your teeth, schedule an appointment with Royal Dental.

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