Getting Dental Implants? Tips On How To Maintain Them

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Getting dental implants can be a life-altering event. You may have spent years covering your mouth because you had missing teeth, so it's going to take some major adjustments to become used to being able to smile on command and take photographs without having to hide your teeth from the photographer. Now that you've gotten the implants, it's time to do what it takes to maintain them. Follow these tips, and look forward to many more years of a great-looking smile.

Be Mindful of What You Eat

If you've had to forego some of your favorite foods because you didn't have enough teeth to properly masticate the food item before you swallowed it, the temptation to indulge in the foods that you've been missing out on can be very overwhelming, indeed. You long to sink your new teeth into some of the meals that once eluded you, but it's critical for you to be very discriminating when you're trying to decide on what to eat.

You must understand that although dental implants are about the closest thing to real teeth on the market, they still have some fragile points that you must watch for. Rather than biting down into that apple and risking damage to the implant, it's probably better for you to cut the apple into separate pieces and eat it more cautiously. It might cost more money for you to repair one or more of the dental implants, so instead of engaging in risky behaviors, you should probably be even more cautious with the implants than you probably would have been if you still had your natural teeth.

Whatever You Do, Don't Stop Brushing & Flossing

The importance of brushing your teeth and flossing each day simply cannot be over-stressed. Brushing will remove the leftover debris from the food that you eat so it won't stain and discolor the tooth. Flossing is a protective measure for your gums. Flossing removes the buildup that could be hidden between the implants and pushing upward into your gums. Carving out the time to continue with these two basic activities even though you have artificial teeth should keep your smile as gorgeous as you want it to be.

Dental implants truly brighten up your smile and enhance your appearance. Take care of the implants, and treat them like a precious, valuable investment so they'll continue looking good as the years go on.


14 September 2018

Fluoride: Why I Drink Tap Water

When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.