How to care for dental implants

Middle aged woman smiling at the camera at home. If you are ready to obtain dental implants, then you know how important it is to not only prepare for the procedure but plan to keep the dental implants functioning for a lifetime. Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option for many reasons. These titanium metal posts are reliable while looking and functioning like natural teeth in the smile. They are chosen because of their longevity and the ability for patients to enjoy all their favorite foods without worry! After implants are placed, patients need to be prudent about maintaining a healthy smile to reduce the risk of the implant failing or becoming loose with time.

How do I care for dental implants?

  • Brush and floss daily. Patients often already know how critical it is to keep the smile healthy to maintain natural teeth and dental restorations such as implants. Brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day is a great way to prevent problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Eat a proper diet. A nutritious diet not only keeps the smile healthy but the body as a whole working at its best. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, and reduce your consumption of sugary and starchy food which can contribute to tooth decay and disease.
  • Avoid tobacco. Chewing and smoking tobacco can significantly impact one’s oral health and wellness and increase the risk of developing oral cancer. Talk to your doctor about ways to stop smoking and chewing tobacco to improve overall health.
  • Visit the dentist regularly. Everyone is advised to visit the dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and evaluation. This allows the dental team to evaluate and monitor the smile with time to ensure no bone loss is happening and leaving the implant at risk of failure.

Call Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center today

Patients of the Allentown and Bethlehem, PA area who are interested in learning more about dental implants and how to care for them can call the office to book a consultation appointment with our professionals. We are open to new and existing patients and families interested in general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care under one roof!

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