5 Habits to Avoid When You Have Dental Implants

October 1, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Buck @ 9:52 pm
Woman biting nails

Do you have new dental implants or are considering them in the near future? They have become very popular over the past years because of their many benefits. One of the many advantages of dental implants in Dublin is how long they last. For some, they can even last a lifetime. However, you can’t expect them to be so long lasting if you aren’t caring for them properly. Your dentist explains which bad habits you should be avoiding when you have dental implants and why.

Nail Biting

This is a difficult habit to break, but it can be harmful for your oral health, especially when you have implants. Doing this could cause you to chip or break your teeth and it causes you to place pressure on the jaw since you are keeping it in a protruded position for a long period of time. You could also tear or damage your gum tissue. Some techniques that have helped others quit are taking steps to reduce stress, applying a bitter nail polish, or investing in a manicure.

Vigorous Brushing

You need to brush your teeth twice and floss at least once a day for optimal oral health, but if you aren’t brushing properly, you could do more harm than good. Vigorous brushing could cause damage to both your protective enamel on your natural teeth and your gum tissue. Strong implants rely on health gum tissue so it is important that you discontinue this habit that can lead to gum recession. Remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and apply gentle pressure when brushing.

Chewing Ice

Ice is a crystal and so is the protective enamel of your teeth. When you push two crystals together, one of them may break. Most of the time it’s the ice. However, on an unfortunate occasion, it could be your teeth. Try drinking your beverages without ice or use a straw in order to resist the temptation.

Frequent Snacking

If you’re constantly snacking throughout the day on sugary foods and beverages, your teeth will eventually pay the price. Bacteria feast on leftover food and produce acid that attack the outer shell of your teeth. Ultimately, you are at risk for more cavities in your natural teeth and gum disease. Try to eat balanced meals so you feel fuller for longer. Drink a glass of water after you have snacks, and limit the sugar.

Use Your Teeth as Tools

Your teeth are made for chewing, not opening bottles, ripping through stubborn packaging, or cutting through thread. You could easily end up with a broken tooth, damaged implant, or jaw injuries. Instead, look for scissors or another tool to help.

In order to keep your implants around for as long as possible, remember to care for them properly. This means avoiding these bad habits. By doing so, you are looking at a lifetime of having a beautiful, functional smile.

About the Author

Dr. Eric Buck earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is involved in several professional organizations so he can continue to expand his knowledge and skills. They include the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (614) 792-1800.