Dental implants have become a preferred tooth replacement option for dentists and patients alike due to their numerous benefits. One of their many advantages is that they are incredibly long lasting. They can last up to three decades or even longer if you care for them properly. However, you won’t be reaping the benefits for that long if you engage in bad habits. Here are some common habits that you should avoid if you have dental implants.
Biting nails as a result of nervousness is common and can be very difficult to break. However, this habit isn’t as harmless as you may think. In addition to bringing destructive bacteria into your body, it can also have negative effects on your dental health. You could end up chipping a tooth or even damaging one of your dental implants. When you have your jaw in a protruding position for a long period of time, you are putting quite a bit of pressure on it. You could even end up damaging your gum tissue by scratching and cutting it. To stop this habit, take steps to reduce stress, use a bitter tasting nail polish, or invest in a manicure.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is necessary to keep your smile healthy, but if you are brushing too hard, you could be doing more harm than good. By brushing too vigorously, you may harm the gum tissue and protective enamel on your natural teeth. You could even end up with gum recession. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and apply appropriate pressure. You need healthy gums in order to support healthy implants.
Grinding and Clenching
Many people don’t realize that they have this issue because it typically happens during sleep. This can both chip and crack your teeth as well as cause muscle tenderness and joint pain. If you think that you may have this habit, talk to your dentist. They may be able to supply you with a nightguard to wear while you sleep. During the day, you can reduce this with awareness and relaxation techniques.
Ice is a crystal, and so is your tooth enamel. When two crystals are pushed against each other with enough force, one is bound to break. Usually it’s the ice, but occasionally, it can be the tooth. Try drinking your beverages with a straw or not including ice so you aren’t as tempted.
Using Your Teeth Like Tools
Don’t use your teeth to hold things, crack open bottles, or rip through stubborn packaging. You could easily end up with a chipped or broken tooth and even jaw injuries. Your teeth are made to help your hold saliva in your mouth, chew, and smile – not anything else! Always use the proper tool or ask someone else for help.
As enjoyable as it is to munch on sugary sweets and crunchy potato chips, having too much throughout the day can leave you at risk for cavities in the teeth surrounding your implants. Instead, have a few balanced meals throughout the day so you feel full for a longer period of time. This will help to reduce the urge to have snacks throughout the day.
To make your implants last as long as possible, take steps to limit these harmful habits. This way, you can benefit from your dental implants for many years to come.
About the Practice
At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we have a team of four highly experienced dentists eager to provide patients with the most positive dental visits possible. With their combined skillsets, patients can get pretty much anything they need in one convenient location! To learn more about caring for dental implants or to schedule an appointment at out office in Forest, visit our website or call (434) 841-1704.