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.
If you have recently had to have a few teeth removed, your dentist may have suggested that dental implants may be right to fill in the gaps. However, you may have heard some things about them that make you hesitate to get them. If so, below are the facts about a couple of the misconceptions you may have about what happens after you get dental implants.
1. Your Dental Hygiene Routine Will Take More Time With Implants
One misconception you may have about implants is that caring for them will add a lot of time to your dental hygiene routine. You may believe that you will need special tools in addition to your toothbrush and floss to take care of them which will become a hassle and a time sink.
In the few weeks following the procedure, you will need to be careful when applying pressure to the implants as well as being more gentle when flossing them. Once the gums around the implants are healed, however, your implants are just like your natural teeth. You will be able to brush and floss them at the same time as the rest of your teeth without having to do anything special for them.
2. Your Favorite Foods Will Be Forbidden After Getting Dental Implants
Another belief you may have that could be steering you away from the idea of getting implants is that you will have to give up your favorite foods after they are inserted. If you love chewy, crunchy foods, you may not like the idea of having to forego them because of your new teeth.
However, this misconception is only partially true. While you may have to abandon anything chewy or crunchy while your implant sites are healing after the procedure, you do not have to give them up for life. Once the tissue has healed, you can start reintroducing these foods into your diet while learning to take small bites and/or chewing on the opposite side from the implants.
Once your gums heal after the implantation procedure, you will find that the new implants will add only a minuscule amount of time to your daily dental hygiene routine and that you can still enjoy your favorite foods with minimal adjustments. Speak with your dentist to learn more about dental implants as well as discuss any concerns you may have that may be unfounded so that they can allay any misgivings about getting them.