If you’ve decided you want dental implants, you know that your gums and jaw bone are going to play an important part in replacing your teeth. You’re going to want to take the time to prepare your gums for having implants placed in them. If you know you’re not going to be able to have implants for a while, you can actually start preparing your gums now. In fact, it’s a great idea to do so-you want the process to be as easy as possible, and that means having healthy gums.
Start Brushing and Flossing Regularly
The first and best thing you can do for your gums and future dental implants is to brush and floss regularly. You want your gums healthy, and that means you’ve got to get as much bacteria off of them as you can. If you’re dealing with gingivitis or gum disease, we’ll have to deal with that before we can really consider implants, especially if you have severe periodontal disease. It may be bad enough that you need bone grafts. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will help combat the bacteria behind gum disease.
Change Your Diet
You can also help combat gingivitis and improve or maintain your gum’s health by eating a healthy diet. This means cutting down on sugary foods and eating more healthy options. You should stop or at least greatly reduce the amount of soda and other sugary beverages you drink. Be sure to drink a good amount of water every day, too, so you don’t experience any dry mouth.
Talk to Us About Your Plans
If you want to get dental implants later on, it’s a good idea to talk to us about these plans when you next come in. We can help you make plans that take into account your specific oral health so the implant process is easier. Contact us today to schedule a checkup or talk about dental implants.