Be Careful What You Eat
The composite resin material used for dental bonding is not a strong material. It can withstand normal biting forces, but certain foods – popcorn kernels, caramel apples, hard candies, ice – can cause it to chip. So, too, can certain habits, like biting your nails or using your teeth as tools.
Acidic foods can erode bonding, just like they can your natural tooth enamel. And, while composite resin is non-porous, stains can still accumulate. Stains occur as a result of highly pigmented foods, like coffee, red wine, berries, and tomato-based foods. Limiting these foods can help protect the bonding.
Wear a Mouth Guard
Sports injuries are incredibly common, and can lead to tooth injuries. This can also mean that your dental bonding may chip. Wearing a mouth guard any time you play sports will protect not only your dental bonding, but your natural teeth as well.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing is essential to your oral health. Even with bonding on the surface of your teeth, the areas not covered by bonding can still experience decay. By brushing and flossing, you remove plaque and bacteria buildup, as well as surface stains, keeping your bonding healthy, as well as your mouth as a whole.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular dental visits are an important part of your oral hygiene regimen. During these visits, your dentist thoroughly cleans your teeth, which helps to get rid of areas of missed plaque and bacteria, as well as any areas that may have experienced tartar buildup. Your dentist also performs a thorough oral exam, and will check the condition of your dental bonding, ensuring that it is in tip top shape.
If you are interested in dental bonding, or have any questions about caring for your dental bonding, be sure to speak with your dentist today! If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (623) 738-2639.