Your smile is beautiful. And, believe it or not, when you have dental implants, you get to keep that beautiful smile without anyone knowing the difference between your dental implants and your natural teeth. But to keep that smile pearly white, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene and make sure you’re properly cleaning both your natural teeth and your dental implants.
Don’t worry. Even if your implants are new, you may be surprised by how much you already know about how to clean your dental implants. Just follow these (familiar) tips:
Choose the right tools
For daily brushing, a soft-bristled brush is best. Standard floss works just fine, but there are specialty tools available as well, such as the Waterpik Water Flosser, which allows you to quickly, easily, and painlessly clean the areas surrounding your implant. These specialty devices shoot a gentle spray of water onto your teeth to help you remove plaque and food particles. And finally, your dentist may recommend an interdental brush — a brush that looks a bit like a pipe cleaner — to really clean out the spaces between the teeth.
Choose your toothpaste and mouthwash wisely
It’s vital to use a non-abrasive toothpaste in order to preserve the top layer of your replacement teeth, as well as the enamel on your natural teeth. Anti-bacterial mouthwash is another key part of your routine; it can play an important role in keeping infection at bay.
Develop good habits
Good oral hygiene is imperative to ensure the health of your dental implant, and your post-procedure care should focus on the gums. The tissue surrounding the implant should appear pink and firm, and can be flossed as usual to ensure the removal of food particles from the area surrounding the implant. Just like with natural teeth, good habits should include brushing after meals or at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day.
Keep your routine appointments with your dentist
After you receive your dental implants, your dentist may want to see you every three or four months instead of every six months. It’s important that you keep these appointments, as they allow your dentist the opportunity to closely monitor the state of your implants and to intervene if any adjustments need to be made in their care and cleaning. Your dentist will also keep an eye out for any signs of infection. If infection does set in, it can mean rapid bone loss. If the bone recedes too much, you risk losing the implant altogether.
We’re in this together
If you take good care of your dental implants, you can make them last for the rest of your life. And we can help. The Dental Implant Experts are here to guide you on your journey, and our expert care includes not only tooth extraction and implant placement, but also post-procedural check ups, and any needed advice or information.
If you have questions about cleaning devices or techniques to keep your dental implants in good condition, give us a call. Or if you want to know more about how dental implants work and whether they’d be a good fit for you, we’re happy to schedule a consultation.