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Dentistry has come a long way from ancient times. Dental tools and techniques have seen incredible advancements over the years. One area in which we have seen a great deal of innovation is in the area of tooth replacement procedures. Dental implants, bridges and dentures have become only gotten better as time has gone on. Additionally, tooth repair has also seen great strides. Crowns, tooth-colored fillings and veneers are all easy and convenient ways to enhance your smile, and undo the damage done by disease, trauma, wear, and time.

You may be tempted to think that just because you have had a tooth replaced or repaired, you can ease off on the brushing and flossing. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The success of tooth replacement and repair therapies is contingent on the care of your teeth. Dental implants, bridges, crowns and veneers need to brushed and flossed every day. If tooth decay manages to work its way behind a veneer or under a crown, you will need to see your dentist to have the problem addressed. Crowns and implants need healthy gums in order to do their jobs, which means you should take steps to prevent gum disease. While dentures are obviously not natural teeth, they can still accumulate food debris during the day, as well as plaque. They need to be cleaned at least once a day, as per your dentist’s instructions. You also need to brush your gums in order to remove plaque and stimulate the blood flow.

You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. It may be difficult to floss around some dental work, and so you may want to talk to your dentist about using a floss threader or a water flosser.

If you need to replace one or more teeth, or you have a dental problem that needs to be resolved, we invite you to talk to our dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune. If you live in the Hampton, Virginia, area and would like to make an appointment at LeJeune Family Dentistry, call (757) 827-9114 today.