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Caring for Your New Teeth

Patient Instructions

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1. How To Clean Your New Teeth

You should be able to floss your new restorations in a normal manner. Use a soft tooth brush with toothpaste, preferably one with fluoride, regardless of the type of restoration.

The choice of toothpaste is somewhat less clear. There have been several published studies on the best toothpaste to use on teeth with composite resins, but no study has given us the definite word. Even though there are several toothpastes that advertise they are specially designed for bonded teeth, there is no real proof that any toothpaste, if used properly, will harm bonding.

2. Mouth Rinses

Over the counter rinses do not provide a significant health benefit, but are acceptable to freshen your breath. Most contain alcohol and may create a dry mouth concern.

3. Eating

You should be able to enjoy whatever quality of life you choose, without interference from your teeth. This means that your new restorations should not limit your enjoyment of eating a wide variety of food without worrying about consequences of your teeth. However, this does not mean that you should ignore certain “common sense” suggestions of safe eating.

For example, scraping meat off a bone when eating spareribs or biting raw carrots may not be particularly prudent if your front teeth have been restored. In addition, heavily pigmented foods such as berries have a propensity to stain teeth. Avoidance, or eating these types of food in moderation, may prevent restorations from losing their brilliance.

4. Drinking

With mouthwashes, alcohol has the ability to hasten the demise of bonded restorations. In addition, dark drinks like red wine are probably more offensive to esthetic restorations than lighter-in-color-drinks. Nonalcoholic drinks can also cause problems. Coffee and teas are notorious attain-producers while soft drinks such as Coke and Pepsi can be laden with sugar and acids and may contribute to recurrent caries. Ice in any kind of drinks should not be chewed.

5. Habits

This area includes biting fingernails, pencils, etc., all of which can damage or dislodge restorations. Trying to open various types of containers, envelopes, etc., with teeth can also lead to loss of restorations.

6. Smoking

There is no doubt that smoking is highly deleterious to both teeth and restorations. Even though smoking’s role in shortening the life of a restoration is unclear, it certainly contributes to a significant amount of stain accumulation.

7. Sensitivity

Common following permanent cementation. It will usually decrease after two weeks. If sensitivity persists after 3 months, please notify the office.

Thank you for allowing us to provide you with the highest quality dental care.