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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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Can You Get A Dental Crown If You ... ?

by Eric Bailey

Dental crowns are often placed over a severely decayed tooth to prevent it from breaking down any further, offer chewing power, and improve the aesthetics of a patient's smile. As perfect as this dental treatment is for certain patients, there are some people with specific things about them that can get in the way of getting a crown. Here is a look at some of the common questions about getting a crown in certain situations. 

Can you get crowns if you are a diabetic?

If your blood sugar levels are fairly stable and your mouth is in good health overall, it may not be a problem to get a crown in spite of the fact that you have diabetes. People who have diabetes are at a greater risk of periodontal disease and infections, however. Therefore, your dentist may put more effort into making sure everything goes smoothly during crown placement. For example, you may have to undergo antibiotic therapy after a crown is placed to thwart problems with infection, or you may have to visit the dentist a little more frequently before and after the procedure. 

Can you get crowns if you have gum disease?

If you have some type of periodontal disease, you may not be able to get a dental crown. Dental crowns that reach below the gum line can actually be a risk factor for developing some types of gum disease for some patients. Therefore, if you are already having issues with your gums, having a crown installed could potentially exacerbate the problem and generate more risks to the rest of your mouth. Thankfully, if the periodontal disease is well under control, the dentist may go ahead and proceed with crown placement. 

Can you get crowns if you are a smoker?

Your dentist may be a little more apprehensive to install a crown if you are a smoker. People who smoke are much more likely to have problems with gum disease and tooth decay because smoking actually elevates the temperature inside the mouth. The more you smoke, the more likely it is that a crown will not last very long due to other dental problems. Of course, being a smoker may not mean that you absolutely cannot get a dental crown; the dentist will look at your condition, how much you smoke, the location the crown would have to be, and several other factors to decide if you would be a good candidate.