You should treat your dental implants as one of your natural teeth. They’ll be there for a long time provided you take care of them as instructed. Here are seven tips you can follow to keep your dental implants healthy.
The dental implant surgery will leave you feeling very dehydrated. Be sure to get ample amounts of water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist and your body hydrated.
Alcohol can irritate tissues that have recently been exposed in a surgery. Aside from irritation, it can also cause oral infections and further dehydration. Limit your consumption or better yet avoid it entirely until full recovery.
Sugar creates an unnatural environment in the mouth. Bacteria feed off sugar, so frequent consumption of it can lead to an increased chance of oral infection. Candy, sodas, cakes, pastries all need to be monitored very carefully.
After dental implant surgery, the area is still very sensitive and susceptible to damage. Avoiding strenuous activity that may pose a risk to your implants can prove to keep your implants in tip-top shape.
Food items with high acidic levels can erode the tooth, causing increased sensitivity and pain to the area. Also, foods that are hard in texture (carrots, apples, potatoes, candy bars), etc., ought to be avoided to prevent cracking or chipping your new implant.
There have been many studies which link gum disease to tobacco usage. Furthermore when dealing with implants tobacco has shown to raise the risk of implant failure. Those who’ve just had an implant installed should altogether avoid smoking if possible.
Your dentist knows best, follow their advice at all times. Failure to do so can result in infections, diseases, and malfunction of the implant.
Stephen’s General Dentistry has the most reliable team of dentists imaginable. We’ll help you every step of the way if you need assistance with a dental implant. Contact us at (918) 683- 2010.