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6 Habits to Avoid When You Have Dental Implants

September 2, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dolandental @ 6:49 pm
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If you’re missing teeth, you have plenty of different options out there in order to replace them. However, dental implants in Wethersfield have some unique benefits that you cannot find elsewhere. In order to get the most out of your implants, it’s important to take steps so that you can keep them in the best shape possible. Your dentist shares which bad habits you should be avoiding when you have dental implants.

Biting Your Nails

This is a difficult habit to break, but it takes a toll on your dental health, especially if you have dental implants. Not only can it cause you to chip your teeth, it can also place pressure on your jaw because you’re putting it into a protruding position for long periods of time. Some techniques in order to break the habit include reducing stress, applying a bitter tasting polish, or investing in a manicure.

Brushing Too Hard

It is necessary to brush your teeth twice daily for optimal oral health but when you are brushing too vigorously, you can actually damage your smile. This is because brushing too hard causes gum recession and you aren’t cleaning your teeth as efficiently as possible. Be sure that you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush and apply a proper amount of pressure, especially on your gums.

Chewing on Ice

Chewing on ice can cause your teeth to chip, wear down, and even break. This is because ice and tooth enamel are both crystals. When they push against each other, one of them will break. You certainly don’t want it to be your implant. If you can’t resist the temptation, try drinking beverages with a straw or without ice.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

Even though it’s more convenient to use your teeth to open up stubborn packaging, doing so puts you at risk for broken teeth and jaw injuries. Next time look for a pair of scissors or find someone who can give you a hand. You will be saving time and money by not damaging your smile.

Snacking Constantly

If you’re constantly eating sugary foods and drinks throughout the day, you are increasing your risk of developing cavities. Even though your replacement tooth on your implant isn’t vulnerable to tooth decay, the teeth around it are. If you end up with an infected tooth, it could spread and cause issues for your dental implant. Try to reduce your snacking and eat balanced meals.

Grinding Your Teeth

You can easily damage your teeth and implant if you are grinding or clenching. This can also cause muscle tenderness and joint pain. Try to be aware of doing this during the day and ask your dentist in Wethersfield about a custom-made mouthguard to wear at night. This helps to prevent grinding while you’re sleeping.

It’s important that you avoid these habits, especially after getting dental implants. By taking good care of your smile, you can reap the benefits of your implants for years to come.

About the Practice

At Dolan Dental Group, you have not one, but two highly skilled dentists providing the Wethersfield community with quality dental care. Dr. Thomas C. Dolan has been a well-regarded professional in the field for more than three decades and is committed to attending continuing education courses. Dr. Brendan Dolan is a member of numerous organizations including the Academy of Osseointegration for dental implants, the American Dental Association, and the Connecticut State Dental Association. For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation, visit their website or call (860) 529-2000.

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