Congratulations! You’ve just finished your last appointment with Dr. Alan Nix at Alan L. Nix DDS in Terrell, Texas to cosmetically fix your smile. However, just because your cosmetic dental work is finished, doesn’t mean your responsibility is over.
Cosmetic dental work requires the same care and attention as regular teeth, otherwise it’ll go bad and wreak havoc on your oral health.
Consistent brushing and flossing
The biggest key to ensuring that your crowns, bridges, or implants are in the best shape possible is to consistently brush and floss. Flossing reaches 35% of your tooth’s surface that a brush can’t reach – which is important for removing plaque. Plaque causes gingivitis, which if left untreated can turn into full-blown gum disease. Even with your cosmetic dental work finished, gum disease is a problem that you have to do your best to prevent.
A balanced diet
Additionally, just because you now have cosmetic work in your smile doesn’t mean you can immediately start eating and drinking foods high in sugars and acids. It’s important to maintain a balanced, healthy diet that’s free of high-in-sugar items like cake or soda. Both of those can weaken the enamel on your remaining teeth, leading to decay and the possible decay of your cosmetic dental work.
At the end of the day, ensuring that your cosmetic dentistry wasn’t all in vain is up to you. A good oral health regimen and a great diet will do wonders to ensure that whatever cosmetic procedures you had done last as long as possible.