Mama's Got a Brand-New Smile! Three Important Things to Avoid to Get the Best Life out of Your New Dental Implants
You just got a brand-new set of pearly whites, and now you will do anything to keep them looking new. Getting dental implants doesn't give you a blank check to eat and drink whatever you want. Implants can decay and rot just like normal teeth. Below is a list of things that you should avoid in order to get the best possible life out of your new set of chompers.
If you are a drinker, it is better to drink in moderation. Alcohol damages your teeth in three different ways. It slows down your saliva production, causing dry mouth. Saliva is the mouth's natural defense against the bacteria that cause dental diseases and decay. Because alcohol reduces how much saliva your mouth produces, it puts you at risk for mouth infections. Alcohol also contains high levels of sugar and acid, which will damage your new implants.
If you want to drink, don't do it excessively. Have a drink at night after a long day of work, but be sure to brush your teeth before bed so the dangerous sugars and bacteria don't linger in your mouth.
White bread is a natural enemy to your teeth. Simple carbohydrates, such as french fries, white rice, and white bread all turn into sugar when your saliva starts to break it down. The sugar lingers on your teeth and in your mouth until you brush and floss, giving it ample time to work a number on your implants.
You don't have to cut these foods out completely. You can just replace your bread and other foods with healthier versions like wheat bread, sweet potato fries, and brown rice. These foods are healthier for your teeth and your body, so your protection is well rounded.
Crunchy and hard foods are particularly bad for you mouth because they apply unneeded pressure to your dental implants that could knock the implants loose. Foods like popcorn, candy, and ice can cause your implants to chip, crack, or break and can even wear down the enamel.
If you have to eat something crunchy, munch on apple slices or celery. These two foods will give you the crunch that you need while protecting your mouth. For instance, apples and celery are fibrous foods and will stimulate your saliva glands, and saliva washes bacteria out of your mouth. If you choose to eat an apple, be sure that the apple is cut into slices. Eating an apple that is whole may cause damage to your teeth, and that is what you are trying to avoid.
Getting brand-new teeth is exciting, but it isn't a blank check that allows you to skip out on your hygiene. By avoiding the drink and foods listed above, you will protect your implants from decay and keep them looking like new. Talk to a dentist such as one at Rose City Dental Care for more information about taking care of your implants.