20 Aug Taking Care of Replacement Teeth
No matter how great your dentist is, there’s no guaranteeing your replacement teeth will last. That’s because replacement teeth, like regular teeth, require care. If you neglect them, you may encounter some problems. Here are a few tips to prepare you for caring for your new teeth.
Understanding the Basics of Oral Hygiene
Taking care of your replacement teeth is as simple as following the rules of good dental health. You need to care for you replacements as you should care for your regular teeth. While your replacements can’t get cavities, they do get quite a bit of wear and tear. You need to try and limit that wear and tear as much as possible by practicing good oral hygiene.
There are several basics that you should know. First, you should brush your teeth at least two times a day. If possible, brush after every meal. This prevents food from building up and staying stagnant after a meal. Brushing removes those food particles and keeps your mouth happy and healthy.
You should also floss on a regular basis. Every day, you should floss twice. A water pick is a great way to get into the hard to reach areas.
Although it’s true that you can’t get cavities in your new teeth, you can still get gum disease. When you don’t floss, bacteria can build up between your teeth. It leaves your mouth susceptible to gum disease, which is never a good thing.
Finally, you should go to regular dental check-ups. When you go, be sure to mention that you have replacements. Mentioning your situation can help them give you the best possible care.
Visiting a dentist has two major benefits. He can alert you to any problems of which you may not be aware. And he can also provide you with a thorough cleaning. Both benefits are essential to your oral health and can extend the life of your replaced teeth.
Foods to Avoid
Replacement teeth or not, there are certain foods that you should avoid. Some foods can be damaging to your teeth, causing them to wear down quickly. These foods can be detrimental to your new teeth. Avoid eating them as much as possible, and you may be able to extend the life of your replacements.
As strange as it sounds, people sometimes chew on ice. And if you do, it can cause damage to your teeth. While your teeth can withstand some tough chewing, ice is pushing it. Instead of eating your ice, drink it.
2. Unpopped popcorn
Much like ice, unpopped popcorn is not for eating. Nevertheless, many people choose to chew on it. You can avoid wearing down your teeth with the unnecessary effort by not chewing popcorn kernels.
As good as it may make you feel, wine can stain your teeth. It also can dry out your mouth. That’s bad news for your replacement teeth.
Not surprisingly, candy is terrible for your teeth. It tends to wear them down very quickly when you chew it.
Liquids to Avoid
Perhaps more concerning than foods are liquids. Certain liquids can be very harmful to your replacements. That’s because dental implants contain metal. And metal is known to retain heat. When you drink something hot, the implant can heat up. As it does, it may get hot enough to burn some of the surrounding cells. When this happens over and over again, the damage adds up. Your hot beverage may cost you your implant.
You’re not banned from all hot drinks with implants. However, you should wait to drink any hot drink until it cools down enough to touch it. If you can’t touch it without pain, it could heat up your implant. If you want implants that last forever, you should say goodbye to piping hot cups of tea. At least you won’t burn your tongue anymore.
If you do choose to drink lukewarm coffee or tea, do so occasionally. Coffee and tea can be bad for your oral health. They stain teeth – both your replacements and your real ones. And they also can make your mouth dry. Avoid both side effects and limit your coffee or tea intake. Your teeth will be whiter and will look better.
Avoid hot and cold
This is another tip that applies to regular teeth as well as replacements. When you have something hot and follow it by something cold, your teeth can crack or get small fractures. And the same is true of having something cold followed by something hot. The extreme change in temperature can cause damage.
It’s only a little damage, but it does build up over time. Your replacements and your real teeth may not be able to withstand the changes in temperature. When you have something hot, wait a few minutes before you have something very cold. And vice versa. It’s an easy way to save your teeth.
Your new teeth are much like your old ones. If you go the extra mile and take care of them, they may last a lifetime.