The ideal way to protect your smile from tooth loss is to prevent it from happening, which is highly possible in many cases. However, once it does occur, you can still protect your smile by replacing your lost teeth with a highly lifelike dental implant restoration. Replacing your lost teeth roots is an important step in restoring your smile, and once your implant restoration is securely in place, you can once again focus on successfully preserving your smile. In addition to good dental hygiene at home, this also includes avoiding things that could compromise your dental implants and oral health in the long run.

Distractions from dental hygiene

Before experiencing tooth loss, the goal of sticking to a good dental hygiene routine was to help you avoid it. However, just because you have lost a tooth doesn’t mean your efforts should stop. In fact, consistently sticking to good dental hygiene practices every day is even more important for preserving your healthy smile and implant restoration. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted and risk ineffectively cleaning your teeth, restoration, and gums, or skip brushing and flossing completely even once. Otherwise, your risks of developing decay in a tooth close to your restoration, or gingivitis in the gums surrounding it, will be higher.

Smoking or chewing tobacco

The use of tobacco products in all forms is one of the greatest threats to the oral and periodontal health of people who engage in it. There are hundreds of harmful chemicals in every tobacco product, many of which are known carcinogens. Even those not directly related to cancer development can have directly negative impacts on health and integrity of your oral tissues and structures, making conditions like gum disease and further tooth loss almost imminent.

Bad dental habits, like teeth-grinding

Things like neglecting good hygiene or exposing your teeth and dental implant restoration to harmful tobacco products can be obvious threats to your oral health. However, there are also not-so-obvious threats, such as grinding your teeth habitually, that could gradually wear down and compromise your teeth and implant restoration. Avoid grinding your teeth together out of habit, or seek dental treatment to address it if you’re unable to stop on your own. The longer it continues, the more likely it can cause damage to your newly restored smile.

Avoid compromising your dental implants

Dental implants can successfully rebuild your smile after tooth loss, but their success relies heavily on you caring for them properly, which includes avoiding things that could compromise them. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.