Originally Posted by julia8183
i had this problem with a crown - it turned out that food was getting trapped in a crevice, and decaying -hence the smell. try using an interdental brush -these arent a replacement for floss, but often they are better at dislodging little bits of food that get trapped. floss can sometimes push debris, deeper under the gum line.
I'm having this exact problem. I had a crown put in about 5 years ago and have recently noticed a horrible odor on the string when I floss around this crown. I mean really, really bad and I'm very self-conscious of my breath nowadays. Sure the rest of my teeth don't smell like roses when I floss, but at least they're not offensive smelling.
I just remembered that at my last checkup, my regular dentist told me the crown needed some work (he wasn't the one who put it in), but didn't press the issue when he found out that I was no longer insured and was moving away for school. Is there anything that can be done or will I have to cough a ungodly amount of $$ to get another crown? I obsess about flossing constantly to get rid of whatever is producing the odor