One of the most wonderful aspects of dental implants is that they function so much like your natural teeth. You can eat the same great foods with dental implants that you can with your natural teeth. You can smile, laugh, and joke around without fear of your implants falling out – same as you can with natural teeth. And if you’ve always followed a great oral maintenance routine, taking care of your dental implants will be a cinch!
Just like with your natural teeth, taking good care of your dental implants is a must if you want them to last. Luckily, this pretty much means more of the same great brushing, flossing, and healthy eating you’re probably already accustomed to. Here is a breakdown of what your oral hygiene regimen should look like after dental implant surgery.
Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste (to protect your tooth enamel and the top layers of your replacement teeth).
Rinse with an anti-microbial mouthwash for 15 to 30 seconds every day. It helps clean the bacteria from natural teeth and dental implants.
Floss twice a day or after meals to dislodge any food particles stuck between your natural or replacement teeth, or deeper in the gums.
Alternatives to flossing: The following tools provide similar results to dental floss, and most dentists will agree that if you prefer one over the other, that’s the one you should choose because it’s the one you’re most likely to use.
Oral irrigation tools
Waterpik and Airfloss devices are great tools for dislodging food particles and cleaning bacteria out from around your teeth and deeper in the gums.
These brushes were created specifically to clean between the gums and dental implants. Although they do pretty much the same job as dental floss, patients have reported that they’re easier to use than floss.
The same foods that are harmful to teeth are also harmful to dental implants. Limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and carbonated drinks. Leafy greens contain calcium, folic acid, and other vitamins and minerals that are great for teeth and gums. Fish, cheese, and meats are part of a tooth-healthy diet as well.
Visit your dentist regularly
Your dentist may recommend routine appointments every three or four months to make sure your dental implants stay clean and healthy. It’s important you follow these recommendations because your dentist plays a vital role in the health and long-term success of your dental implants.
At Dental Implant Experts, we can answer all your dental implant questions.
Whether you’re just beginning to consider dental implants, you’re ready to book an appointment, or you need help in maintaining the implants you already have, we’re here for you. At Dental Implant Experts in San Diego, we’ve been performing dental implant procedures for decades, and we’re happy to help you in any way we can.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, give us call or drop by our office in Rancho Bernardo.