Implants are no different than your natural teeth. You need to take care of them in order to make sure they last a long time.
1. Brush after meals-this critical event doesn’t go away just because you have implants. Brushing removes bacteria and food from the surface of your implants. “Food that is left on them, builds up and can attack the surface,” states Dr. Judy Strutz, “and could ultimately result in the loss of your implant.”
2. Floss daily to create beautiful, pink gums. When food builds up between the teeth, it can cause your gums to bleed and become swollen. Dental implants do not change the health of your gums, they only change the look of your smile.
3. Avoid ice chewing and other chewing habits that can be harmful to teeth - chewing on pen tops, etc. Chewing on anything can damage the surface of your implant supported crown. You can potentially crack or chip a piece of the crown, just as you could a natural tooth.
4. See your dentist regularly. Those routine cleanings do not lose their importance when you move from natural teeth to implants, a thorough cleaning is necessary to detect other potential problems.
5. Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Prosthodontist Dr. Strutz says, “There is a body and mouth connection that creates an importance in making sure you eat a well balance meal.” Fruits and vegetables have more water in them, which helps wash away food from being stuck on your implants.