Habits to avoid when you have implants

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Investing in dental implants can be a great decision for your oral health. Protect your investment by avoiding these six habits that can damage your implants and your existing teeth.

Using tobacco

Tobacco consumption in any form is detrimental to your oral health, including your implants, natural teeth, gums and all soft tissues of the mouth.

Aside from increasing your risk of serious diseases like oral cancer, tobacco irritates your gums and can increase the likelihood of gum disease. Gum disease can cause gum recession and eventually, bone loss.

Chewing ice

Chewing the leftover ice after you finish your drink is a common habit. Ice is too hard for both your natural and replacement teeth and chewing on it can chip, crack or break your crowns.

Using your teeth as tools

Avoid using your mouth to replace a pair of scissors or other tool in any situation. Teeth are designed for chewing food, and only food. So are dental implants.

Skipping flossing

Some people are great about brushing twice a day but lax about flossing. Don’t make this mistake! Flossing is just as important as brushing for your oral health. Floss your new teeth in the same way you clean your natural ones.

Biting or chewing on objects

Whether you do it because you’re nervous, bored or to help you think, chewing on a pen, toothpick or other object is a recipe for damaging your teeth.

Skipping your dental appointments

Visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Routine visits help your dentist catch new issues in the early stages.