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Bad Habits - 5 Reasons Why You Are Not a Good Candidate For Dental Implants

12 Nov, 2015

Bad Habits - 5 Reasons Why You Are Not a Good Candidate For Dental Implants

You are probably already aware of the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. You are probably also aware that poor diet habits and bad lifestyle choices can result in health complications in later life. What you may not know is that these same lifestyle choices can have a profound effect on the success of your new dental implants. Shocked? Read more to find out 10 lifestyle choices which can greatly increase the risk of Dental Implant Failure.
1. High Sugar Diet
A high sugar diet especially when young can increase your chances of developing periodontal gum disease. All gum disease must be treated by a specialist prior to the fitting of any tooth implants. The more severe the disease the lower your chances of having a quick, problem free dental implant procedure.
2. Heavy smoking
Heavy smoking is generally bad for your teeth and gums but if you do opt to have oral implant surgery you should be aware that smoking slows down and hinders the healing process once the implant is fitted. In addition the expected life time of dental implants for smokers is somewhat reduced.
3. Excessive alcohol intake
In the same way as heavy smoking, excessive alcohol consumption can disrupt healing of the gums and cause problems after your implant has been fitted.
4. Drug abuse
Scientific research concludes that the use of illicit drugs can suppress the human immune system and increase the risk of infection. This is not desirable when undergoing any form of surgical procedure.
5. Stress
If you suffer from migraines and facial pain you are probably one of 15% of the population who suffers from Bruxism or Teeth grinding. This involuntary grinding of the teeth is thought to be the result of stress and poor coping mechanisms. Bruxism can lead to the abrasion of the teeth enamel and eventual decay. In addition if left untreated, it can significantly reduce the lifetime of any dental implants that are fitted.


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