Traded your teeth for dentures or dental implants? This will surely provide you with much relief from weak, decaying or infected teeth. Dental implants are replacement artificial teeth inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth that are ruined from dental disorders that match the look of your missing teeth. You continue looking the same and enjoy a similar lifestyle as before.
A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire set of teeth. Dentures and dental implants look just like your natural teeth and last long, as long as you take good care of them. However, both removable dentures and fused dental implants need proper care and cleaning, even if you have a partial set. You may not need to give up all your favourite foods, but you do need to avoid certain items to make munching stress-free. Here is a list:
Hard, sharp bits of food can be rough on your new teeth. It is challenging to remove food stuck into the crevices, sometimes even painful, especially if you are prone to a dry mouth. Increase your liquid intake and stay away from hard, salty snacks. Avoid similar hard foods such as peanuts, walnuts, almonds, fried peas, poppy seeds or roasted chickpeas. Have cooked chickpeas instead, crackers, vegetable puffs or bread with your favourite dip during snack time. Feel free to gorge on pitted olives, pitted berries, cheese and seedless grapes instead.
Stay away from chewy, sticky foods. This includes candy, toffee, caramel and peanut butter. Any of these can get stuck in your implants and are hard to take off. Sugar-free gum can help you work up more saliva and give you something to munch on without having the sugar settle in your implants.
It is time to go slow on meat when you have implants. Stay away from steaks, well-done meats and fish with bones. Biting into tough pieces of meat can dislodge your tooth, or destabilize your implants. Fish bones can get wedged between the gums, making them sore or prone to bleeding and infections. Grind your meat or mince it instead; cook well until they melt in your mouth. Sounds delicious? Yes, they are. You will not miss out on the flavours and they are easy to chew down.
Avoid hard fruits and vegetables such as apples, corn-on-the-cob and carrot sticks. Steam, cook, puree or boil them into softer, delicious versions instead. Blend fruits into smoothies, puree chickpeas into hummus, enjoy shredded tuna, soft boiled eggs and all kinds of spreads on your bread instead.
Make sure to schedule regular appointments with your dental practitioner after your implants. If you feel you need implants or dentures, get in touch with Accent Denture Services to ease the process, in terms of comfort and costs. We will go over your needs, and help you plan the best options at affordable costs. Call us to set up your free dental consultation today.