From correcting your alignment to helping you achieve your dream smile, getting dental implants is a life-changing procedure! However, it can also be a lengthy one, and although implants are designed to last up to 10 years before needing adjustments or replacements, it’s important to know what you can do at home to keep them as healthy as possible.
Through a few simple habits, you may be able to make your dental implants – and your dream smile – last even longer than a decade. Here’s how:
Use A Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Using a soft-bristle toothbrush rather than a hard-bristle one can help prevent damage to both your gums and your new dental implants. These soft bristles can also bend easier than hard bristles do, cleaning hard-to-reach places in between the teeth and gums, which will keep your implants as clean as possible. The best way to determine if your toothbrush has soft bristles is to look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval on its packaging.
Avoid Hard Foods
One of the top reasons patients need implant replacements or adjustments is because of chipping or breakage in the implant. To avoid your dental implants getting damaged, avoid hard foods such as potato chips, raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, and hard candies. Other alternatives to these foods could be softer snacks such as popcorn, cooked vegetables, or smoothies.
Although you’ve completed your dental implant procedure, smoking with dental implants can still lead to implant failure or damage. With each smoke, nicotine will restrict blood flow throughout the body, including the gums. This lack of blood flow weakens the immune system and can prevent proper healing for your dental implants. Additionally, smoking can have a major effect on your oral health, making dental implant recovery more complicated and may eventually lead to implant replacement.
Commit to Regular Dental Visits
Lastly, visiting your dentist for regular dental checkups can help determine any oral conditions you may have that could affect the health of your dental implants. Getting your teeth cleaned can also help to keep your oral hygiene at its best!
Dental Implants at Adler Advanced Dentistry
Proudly serving patients in Boulder, CO, the dedicated team at Adler Advanced Dentistry is happy to welcome all patients to their offices for dental treatment. Under the care of the nationally recognized Dr. Michael Adler, who draws from years of experience in cosmetic and family dentistry, patients are able to achieve optimal oral health and the smile they’ve always wanted.
If you’re interested in dental implants, call 303-449-1119 to learn more information, or click here to book your first consultation with Adler Advanced Dentistry.