Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health

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Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health

Like many people who need to lose a few pounds, I try diet after diet in an attempt to find one that finally works for me. I learned the hard way that I need to make sure any diet will not harm my teeth, even if it does help me lose a few pounds. I learned this lesson when following a grapefruit diet. There are many versions of this, but the version I tried had me eat a grapefruit alone several times each day. It was supposed to suppress my appetite. I helped keep me from munching on unhealthy snacks, but the acid in the fruit took a toll on my tooth enamel and I quickly started getting lots of cavities. I created this blog to remind people that change up their diets often to make sure the foods they are eating are not harming their teeth.

Take Care of Your Dental Implants With Simple Dental Care Tips

When it comes to taking care of your teeth after you get dental implants, the key is to stick to good dental hygiene habits. When you get dental implants, it is even more important to keep up your good habits. If f you don't have strong dental habits already, now is the time to establish them.

Care Tip #1: Use an Electric Toothbrush

When it comes to brushing your teeth, it is time to ditch your regular toothbrush and get an electric toothbrush. You don't need a fancy electric toothbrush; you can purchase one from your local drug store for an affordable amount. An electric toothbrush can move at a rate you can't replicate by brushing your teeth by hand. An electric toothbrush can go a long way towards keeping your teeth free of plaque and bacteria that can lead to oral health issues.

When you use an electric toothbrush, you should still move the brush around in a circular motion, and you need to make sure you move your toothbrush so you brush all over your mouth, including your gums and tongue.

Care Tip #2: Floss Daily

To take the best care of your implant, you need to floss. Many people skip out on flossing, thinking that brushing their teeth is good enough. However, flossing removes the plaque around your teeth that your toothbrush can't get to. If you have trouble using the regular flossing string, you can use floss threaders to help you more easily floss around your teeth. 

Care Tip #3: Be Careful with Your Toothpaste

Next, you are going to want to avoid toothpaste that contains baking soda. You are going to want to avoid toothpaste that is designed to remove stains. Both types of toothpaste could damage the glaze on your porcelain implants. You can use toothpaste with fluoride as it will not hurt your implant and will provide protection to your regular teeth.

Care Tip #4: See Your Dentist

Finally, with a dental implant, you can't skip out on your biannual visits to the dentist. You need to make sure that you visit your dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist will deep clean your teeth and will make sure that your dental implant stays strongly in place and that your oral health stays where it should.

When it comes to taking care of dental implants, you need to follow regular dental hygiene habits. Maintaining good overall oral hygiene will help your dental implant lasts as long as possible.