Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
Getting dental implants is a wonderful way to restore your smile. Dental implants are an investment, so you want to do all you can to avoid damaging them. The following are some things you should avoid doing once you get your implants to ensure they remain healthy and functional:
Biting Your Nails
If you are a nail-biter, you should try to break the habit once you get dental implants. Biting your nails can damage your new implants and gums. Nail-biting also introduces bacteria into your mouth, which is bad for your oral health overall.
Biting on Ice
If you enjoy biting and chewing ice, you should try to stop the habit once you have dental implants. Chewing on ice is not good for dental implants due to the structure of both the teeth and the ice. When ice and the teeth are pushed together by force, one of them must break. Ideally, the ice would break, but there is always a chance the implant can break as well.
If you grind your teeth at night, you can do major damage to your implants. The grinding causes strain on the dental implants which can cause them to fail. The implants can also crack and become damaged. Teeth grinding is a habit many cannot help since they do it during sleep. For that reason, your dentist can fit you for a mouth guard to wear while you sleep to protect your new dental implants.
Do Not Overbrush Your Implants
Regular brushing and flossing are just important with implants as with natural teeth. However, you should try to avoid brushing your implants too hard. When you overbrush, you can do more damage than good. Too much pressure from the toothbrush can lead to receding gums. This is dangerous for implants in particular because bacteria can grow between the gum tissue around the implant. This can cause your implant to fail.
Opening Items with Your Teeth
It is never advised to use your teeth to open packages or otherwise bite down on anything other than food. If you have this habit, you should stop doing it to keep your implants from becoming broken or damaged. An implant can even shift if it is not fully fused to the jawbone. You risk the implant falling out, which means you would have to begin the implantation process again.
If you have dental implants, do all you can to keep them in good health. Breaking bad habits is one important part of maintaining dental implants.