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3 Lifestyle Changes You Need to Make to Ensure the Longevity of Your Dental Implants  

June 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drolson @ 3:26 am
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Dental implants are known for their longevity. It is just one of the many reasons why millions of Americans have chosen these prosthetics to replace their missing teeth. But a long-lasting smile may not be possible if you don’t commit to changing your lifestyle. There are three essential things you can do to make dental implants last longer, so read on to find out.

Stop Smoking & Using Tobacco Products

If you are a smoker, it’s time to quit. This is usually much easier said than done, but you must evaluate how much you want to maintain your new and improved smile versus the temporary relief of a cigarette.

Smoking and tobacco use weaken the body’s immune system, which makes you more vulnerable to infection. If a problem arises (i.e., peri-implantitis), you’re likely to experience dental implant failure because the jawbone shrinks and poses a threat to the artificial tooth root, which can become loosened.

By giving up this bad habit, you can increase your chances of enjoying life with longer-lasting dental implants.

Eat Healthier, Nutrient-Rich Foods

Too much sugar and starch can be bad for more than just your dental implants. They’re also harmful to your gut health, heart, brain, and other parts of the body.

By adopting and consuming nutrient-rich, high-quality foods, you’ll enjoy teeth that work normally and look beautiful. These can include everything from fruits and vegetables to low-fat dairy, leafy greens, and lean meats.

Start Taking Care of Your Smile

It cannot be emphasized enough by your dentist that you must commit to taking proper care of your smile. This means brushing twice daily (at least), flossing between teeth to remove burrowed bacteria, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash.

Performing these daily habits will help to keep your smile in better shape and avoid losing your valuable investment.

By staying on top of your oral hygiene routine, eating a healthier diet, and saying no to your smoking habit, you’ll be prepared to pursue a new lease on life with your dental implants.

About the Author
Dr. Scott Olson attended the University of Florida Dental School where he earned his dental degree. After passing his board exams, he and his wife returned to Missouri, and he has since pursued continuing education through the Kois Center, the Dawson Academy, and the Engle Institute. Offering advanced technology and innovative solutions, he and his team can replace missing teeth with the help of dental implants. If you or a loved one is missing one or more pearly whites and would like to learn more, visit our website or call (417) 823-4900.

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