As temperatures lower and the year comes to a close, fun holidays abound, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. With Thanksgiving in late November, many Americans are thinking of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Those with missing teeth or dentures may have concerns that they will be unable to enjoy the family meals and parties because they are self-conscious about their teeth. Anyone with dental implants can relax and enjoy themselves because as long as their implants are cared for correctly, they remain strong and durable no matter what you eat.

What Foods Should You Avoid?

If you have dental implants, you will be pleased to know that you can eat all the foods you enjoy without concern about your teeth. Because they function almost exactly like natural teeth, there are no foods that you should avoid. The opposite is often true with dentures or missing teeth that leave the area sensitive and the rest of the mouth at risk for further damage.

Should You Take Special Care of Them?

The beauty of dental implants is that they don’t require any extra work.  They are cared for exactly like your regular teeth. You’ll want a good oral health regimen, including brushing and flossing every day. There is no special care required for dental implants versus natural teeth.

It is important for your teeth that you brush twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. If possible, try to brush after every meal. You should floss at least once a day, and most people find it easier to do so at night right before bed. See a dentist or other professional twice a year for check-ups and professional cleanings to stop any problems before they become a major issue, and your implants will last for decades.

Need More Information?

If you have additional questions or concerns about your implants and the food you eat at Thanksgiving, call The Lakes Family Dental in McAllen, TX, today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alvarado.