Thanksgiving Meals and Dental Implants

Thanksgiving Dinner and Dental Implants

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends while enjoying delectable classic family favorites. Turkey. Sauce with cranberries. Freshly made rolls. However, many Houston area residents who have permanent restorations, such as dental implants, ask if they should forego the pumpkin pie or the stuffing. The answer will put a huge smile on their faces: they can eat whatever they want. Unlike some other types of restorative or aesthetic dentistry solutions, dental implants function and appear like natural teeth. This means you can have all the meals you desire, even a glass of wine, without feeling guilty.

Why Are Dental Implants So Durable?

The key to dental implants is that they are made of robust, long-lasting materials that are attached directly into your upper or lower jawbone. Dental implant posts, like natural teeth, merge with the bone. This creates a strong link that prevents them from moving. The dental crown, or area of the implant visible when you smile, mimics both the appearance and function of teeth. Of course, you must maintain your teeth and gums in order to obtain 20 years or more out of your dental implants. When it comes to Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners, you should brush and floss as quickly as possible after eating. Pay close care to your mouth throughout the holidays, since sticky foods like candy and fudge can leave damaging, plaque-causing sugars on and around your teeth.

Visiting your periodontist during the holidays

Keep all your dentists appointments you have set for the end of the year. Yes, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is hectic. You should, however, continue with your usual exams. Maintaining good oral hygiene is especially important if you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or late stages of gum disease.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at West Houston Periodontics!