Bad Bedtime Habits That Threaten Implants

As always, one of your priorities is ensuring you’re keeping your dental implants safe and sound. You avoid very hard foods, you make sure you’re not asking too much of your smile, you brush twice daily, and you floss. You keep up with your preventive care visits. So, you wonder, what are you missing? Have you checked off all of the boxes? While you are likely on track completing successful dental care that promotes a healthy grin, we encourage you to keep one little thing in mind: Your bedtime habits can make or break your efforts! Check in on your nighttime routine just in case.

Do You Brush Nightly?

Do you ever think to yourself, “Well, I brushed this morning and I’m tired, so I’ll skip it just this once” or do you brush every single night? It’s important that you remember 24 hours or more without brushing can lead to the development of tartar. Brush twice a day and plaque is swept from teeth and beneath your gumline. Miss it for too long and it turns rock-hard! What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, the tartar will stay put until your next dental cleaning, which means you’re at a greater risk for decay and gum inflammation (not a good combo for protecting your oral health and dental implants).

What Do You Do After Your Dental Hygiene?

After you brush (and perhaps floss) in the evening, what do you do next? Do you avoid all foods and beverages except for water? Or, do you nibble on a snack, drink your favorite nighttime beverage, and then crawl into bed? Remember that any trace of foods or drinks will sit on your teeth, creating a more acidic environment and promoting gum disease and decay. Keep your dental implants and natural tissues safe by sticking with water only after you’ve gotten ready for bed at night!

Protect Implants With Thoughtful Care

If you’re unsure about whether you’re doing your best for your implants, feel free to see us to ask your questions, so you know you’re doing an excellent job. Schedule the time you need in Rohnert Park, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-584-1630 to schedule your visit today.