If you have a few missing teeth, you may have been considering getting dental implants to fill in the spaces. However, you may have heard some misinformation from family or friends about the implants, which is causing you to delay making a decision. If so, read on for the truth behind two of these myths that may help change your mind about getting dental implants.

1.  You Have to Use Special Tools to Take Care of the Implants.

One myth that you may have heard about implants is that they are hard to take care of and clean. You may have heard that they require special brushes and other tools, which may deter you from getting them because you do not want to spend a lot of time maintaining and cleaning your teeth.

However, dental implants require the same amount of care as your normal teeth, which includes brushing them a couple of times a day and flossing. You can also use whatever toothbrush you wish, whether it be a manual or electric one.

The only thing you may need to make sure you have on hand is waxed floss that does not have strings that could snag on the bottom edges. However, waxed floss is as common and as inexpensive as the unwaxed varieties, so you should not have any problems getting it.

2.  You Have to Give up Your Favorite Chewy Foods or Hard Candies.

Another bit of misinformation you may have been told about implants is that you have to give up your favorite chewy foods and hard candies once you have the procedure. This myth is only partially true, depending on how long you have had them.

When you first have the posts surgically inserted and the implants attached, you will have to avoid chewy or hard food items for a few weeks to a month. This is only because your gums have not fully healed around the posts, and eating certain foods could dislodge the implants.

However, after a few weeks or months, depending on when the healing process is complete, you can go back to eating your favorites. It is best to seek guidance from your dentist, though, so that you do not accidentally harm the implant or your gums.

After learning the truth behind a couple of the myths that may have been keeping you from going ahead and getting implants, you may decide you are ready to learn more. Contact a dentist who offers dental implant services for more information.