My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
When it comes to restorative dental procedures, few other options offer as lasting and dramatic an outcome as dental implants. While much of the effort falls on the lap of your oral surgeon, this is not to say you don't play a role. Keeping yourself healthy after your implant procedure and keeping the implants in good condition begins with you. Here are four factors you want to remember after you have your procedure performed.
Follow a Nutritional Diet
It's especially important to follow a balanced diet after your dental implant surgery. Eating the right types of foods won't just help you minimize discomfort, particularly when it comes to soft foods, but eating healthy foods can also help your body stay on track to a healthy recovery. Take broccoli, for example. Broccoli is a food that naturally contains a high-level of calcium. Increased calcium intake can boost the body's healing process, helping you recover quicker.
Maintain Oral Health
The period after your implant procedure is not the time to start neglecting your dental health. Some patients are of the mindset that false teeth translate into a declined need for regular oral hygiene—this is false. Good oral health is necessary to maintain the integrity and appearance of your implants. If you start eating high amounts of sugar, skipping brushings or any other poor habit, you could introduce new issue that could make the implants less than effective, such as gum disease.
Cease Tobacco Usage
If you used tobacco prior to your implant procedure, cessation is imperative during the healing process. In the period after the procedure, your mouth is especially susceptible to infections. Tobacco doesn't just elevate your risk for a gum, or other mouth, infection, it also slows down the healing process. If you are having difficulty with cessation on your own, speak with your provider about medical options that can assist.
Make sure you are avoiding straws during your recovery period; it's better for you to sip your drinks at this time. Although it might seem harmless to use a straw, the pressure generated from your muscles working can actually force your sutures to detach and the incision area to become unclothed, which can introduce serious infection risks.
Don't forget to rely on the expertise of your surgeon. If you have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to ask your provider in order to ensure your oral health is protected.