If you have invested in dental implants, you made a wonderful choice for your smile. Dental implants are the only truly long-term solution for missing teeth. They don’t require too much special maintenance, but there are some things you will want to avoid to keep from doing any damage. Keep reading to find out the four habits to break now that you have dental implants.
Biting/Chewing Anything but Food
Dental implants are sturdy and can support a balanced diet that includes a variety of nutritious and tasty foods. However, just like natural teeth, they cannot withstand the forces of biting into or chewing on harder objects – like tearing open that latest Amazon package, biting your nails, or biting down on ice after you’ve finished your beverage.
Tobacco use is one of the most damaging habits you can have for your overall health, and it takes a toll on your teeth and gums as well. If you have had dental implants placed, smoking can put them at risk by increasing the chances you will develop gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease leads to gum recession and jaw bone deterioration, which can cause you to lose your dental implants altogether.
Skipping the Dentist
It’s recommended that everyone visit the dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning, and you may need to come even more often once you have teeth replaced. These routine visits help your dentist identify and treat potential problems before they can threaten your dental implants.
Flossing is always important, but it’s especially crucial once you have dental implants. If you are in the habit of skipping this step, it’s time to get back into the groove – flossing between your teeth is the only way to remove small pieces of food and bacteria that cause plaque buildup and gum disease.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
The good news is that it doesn’t take much to keep your dental implants happy and healthy. Eat well, brush and floss, visit the dentist regularly, and avoid smoking to keep your smile looking and functioning great for decades to come!
Meet the Expert
Dr. Jeff Lee is an experienced oral surgeon offering exceptional care for patients with a variety of needs. He earned his dental degree from the Ohio State University and then continued on with four years of training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He provides a full range of services, including dental implants. To learn more about how to keep your dental implants healthy so they last a lifetime, visit the website or contact Dr. Lee’s office by phone at (740) 432-8768.