A dental crown should not be treated any differently than other natural tooth. You should continue proper oral hygiene with routine brushing and flossing. The only change dentists recommend is the way you pull your floss out; when flossing around a dental crown, you should slide the floss out instead of snapping the floss up and out. Your hygienist or dentist will practice this technique with you.
You should floss at least once each day. When you brush, the bristles cannot enter the crevice between your teeth. So, without flossing, you are missing around 30-40% of the surfaces of your teeth.
You should brush at least twice per day at the correct times. Unfortunately, people brush at times that are not ideal. People wake up and immediately brush their teeth. However, the point of brushing is to remove plaque, food, and bacteria. Thus, you should wait until after breakfast to first brush. Also, you want to brush after the last thing you eat before bed. Some people brush after dinner but have a snack later in the night. Without brushing after the snack, you are going to sleep with food on your teeth.
A little about me and my experiences with dental crowns:
After graduating from Tufts Dental School, I completed a residency at Boston City Hospital. Following the residency, I worked in a practice near Boston while teaching at my dental school for a few years. My wife Joanne and I then decided to move to south Florida, where I have practiced for the past twenty-five years. Over this time, cosmetic dentistry has become my passion, especially making beautiful dental crowns. In the office, we make sure that every crown blends absolutely perfectly with our patients’ natural teeth. If the color of a dental crown is slightly off, we add a little color and bake the crown in our porcelain oven until it is the perfect shade. Also, we want every crown to look gorgeous and last as long as possible, so we only use the highest quality porcelain. If we are making a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, we only use high precious metal. In addition, to make every crown, we confidently believe that we use the best dental laboratory in the country. If you have questions about dental crowns or would like to come in for a complimentary evaluation, please feel free to contact us.