Eating and Drinking Long-Term With Dental Implants
Dental implants are an amazing oral upgrade for patients who have experienced a lifetime of difficulties with day-to-day activities. One of the biggest improvements we’ve seen first-hand in patients is their newfound ability to eat formerly restrictive foods.
While we enjoy witnessing the happiness of eating freely, not every food is going to be a winner for your oral health. The team at FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center would like to help our current and future patients remain aware of the long-term do’s and don’ts involved with a diet that helps sustain the integrity of your dental implants.
The First 14 Days
Although our main focus is on long-term care, it is important to keep in mind that without astute care during the first few weeks of your oral surgery, your implants may not see long-term results.
Essentially, any and all foods that are excessively chewy and crunchy should be kept away from the mouth. Put down the apples and potato chips those first two weeks; they’ll definitely set back the progress your All-On-4 procedure started.
Some of the foods our office recommends to patients ready to please their palates include softer offerings like:
- Scrambled eggs
- Soft bread
- Sugar-free protein drinks
Foods to Limit Long-Term
Even after you’ve passed the first month of trial eating, there are still items that you should limit. Your dental implants aren’t invulnerable and could still fall victim to discoloration and poor dental hygiene that impacts the gums.
Strongly Colored Beverages
Although you are what you eat, your dental implants can easily reflect what you drink. Many of our favorite beverages can actually have a negative impact on the pristine sheen of your dental implants.
Some of the biggest culprits of implant staining are:
- Red wine
- Colorful or dark sodas
Of course, we aren’t saying to completely avoid these drinks, merely, consume them cautiously and remember to practice standard oral care in order to keep your new teeth looking as white as ever.
Fortunately, Zirconia is easy to clean and our team of professionals can even help you remove any stains during the first 6-month cleaning.
Dessert is always a nice treat, but an overabundance of sugars can still cause problems, even with implants in place. Poor oral health combined with too many sweets can lead to gum disease and eventual deterioration. This type of advanced ailment could render your dental implants ineffective.
Rely On a Healthy Diet to Keep Your Oral Hygiene Excellent
Although these foods aren’t always going to be the end-all destruction of your dental implants, we always recommend they are consumed in moderation. For the best oral health results, your diet should consist of staples like:
- Lean meats
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh fruit
- Whole grains
Take a Stand for Your Oral Health with FastNewSmile®
Oral health is something we take seriously at FastNewSmile®. If you know that you’re in need of dental implants or are currently going through a dental emergency, we are always here to help.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and find out if you’re a potential candidate for a fast, new, smile.