If you’ve recently replaced your missing teeth with dental implants, you’re in for a big surprise this summer. As the only treatment to replicate both the root and crown, a dental implant perfectly mimics your natural tooth. Since it will have the support of your jawbone, you won’t need to skip your favorite foods at the next family barbeque. You’ve regained up to 70% of your natural biting force, so there isn’t anything you won’t be able to eat; however, a few summer foods can affect the longevity of your new smile. Here are 4 foods you’ll want to skip to ensure your dental implants last for decades.
1. Hot Dogs
Backyards across American will be grilling up plenty of juicy hot dogs over the next few weeks. Although they are a summer favorite, your dental implants won’t enjoy them as much as you do. Hot dogs contain a lot of saturated fats, which can increase bacteria growth that might compromise the success of your dental implants. If you have an occasional hot dog, your smile should be fine; however, be sure to brush and floss when you’re finished.
2. Chewy Meats
If you’ve missed eating steak, you won’t be disappointed this summer. You can savor many tasty types of meat, even if they are chewy. Cutting them into smaller pieces will make them easier to chew to put less wear and tear on your dental implants. To further promote their longevity, it’s best to skip chewy meats. Instead, pick those that are ground or slow-cooked, like pulled pork.
3. Corn on the Cob
Nothing is better than buttery, sweet corn on the cob. Although it’s possible to eat it with your new teeth, the kernels can get stuck in small spaces, like between the restoration and gum line. It’s better to cut the corn off the cob or choose another healthy vegetable as an alternative.
4. Sugary Drinks
You can cool off with many refreshing drinks during the summer, like soda, juices, and even adult beverages. Although they may hit the spot on a hot afternoon, they contain plenty of sugar. While your dental implants can’t decay, the sugars can erode them. It’s always better to drink water. Not only will you stay hydrated on a warm day, but you’ll also protect your investment from harmful bacteria.
Enjoy a Healthy Summer Smile
You can look and feel your best this summer thanks to your dental implants. Whether you’re at a pool party or trying out a popular restaurant, you can confidently eat your favorite meals.
About Dr. Sarah Esparza
Dr. Esparza earned her dental degree at the University of Maryland Dental School. During her time as a dentist, she has provided dental care at the Atsugi Naval Air Station in Japan. Since moving back to the U.S., she has focused on creating healthy smiles in the community. If you’re ready to replace your lost teeth, contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants.