Spring means it is time for indulging in chocolate and other sweets. However, all this sugar is not good for your oral health. The sugar in the candy feeds bacteria in the mouth, and the bacteria produce acid as a byproduct, dissolving the enamel. You should also be mindful if you have implants. Dental implants have a durable design, and can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly.
Many patients require a temporary implant and crown before the permanent one is ready. You need to be extra careful during these few weeks because the crown is more susceptible to coming loose from eating sticky foods. Caramel, taffy, licorice, and gum should be avoided. The force from removing the sticky substance from your crown can cause it to come loose and necessitate another visit to the dentist.
Even when you have your permanent implant in place, caution should be exercised. Biting into chocolate with a hard center increases the chance of chipping your restoration. You should also be careful with chocolates that may contain nuts or hard candies.
Regardless of whether you have dental implants, here are some tips to guarantee your dental health remains protected. You should drink plenty of water after a snack or meal to rinse food particles out of your mouth. Practice proper oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
If you have any questions or are looking to see if dental implants are right for you, call the Miami Beach, FL office of dentist Dr. Howard Abrahams to schedule a consultation today.