Making the decision to get dental implants is a step in the right direction for the future of your oral health. But just like your real teeth, your dental implants require a level of care, as well. This is how you can ensure their longevity and keep them looking great, too.
It all starts with properly cleaning your dental implants – and here’s how you do it.
Cleaning Your Implants
Keeping your dental implants clean is much like keeping your teeth clean. You just want to take extra care to avoid causing any harm or damage. Follow these steps.
Brush Your Teeth
You will want to make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush as anything harder may cause damage to your gums and cause bleeding. If you prefer, you can use an electric toothbrush. Manual or electric soft-bristled toothbrushes will both work to remove things like tartar and plaque while still keeping your teeth healthy and safe.
Make sure you brush at least two times per day. Though if you can brush after every meal, that’s even better. First thing in the morning you should brush your teeth to remove any bacteria that developed overnight — and rid yourself of that nasty morning breath. Brushing again before bed helps remove any buildup from the day and keeps plaque and decay at bay while you sleep.
Flossing is important. It gets all the buildup of debris and particles that have been tucked away in between and around your teeth. Known as an oral irrigator, a water flosser allows you to safely floss your teeth using water. This is one of the best tools for thorough flossing — and is usually highly recommended by dentists.
If you do not have a water flosser, using a fuzzy crown flosser is your next best option. It will help you get in between areas and clean them without risking dislodging your crown. It is not likely to happen, but not tugging on it with floss from underneath will keep it healthy and secure.
Floss daily – at least once – to maintain good oral hygiene.
Increase the Life of Your Dental Implants With These Tips
Sometimes you just need to learn the tips that will transform the way you approach your oral health. And when it comes to implants, there are a few things you should know.
- Use non-abrasive toothpaste. Or a low-abrasive option. This would be one that doesn’t include whitening agents or baking soda. These are too abrasive and can cause damage to implants, making them look dull and worn.
- When brushing, use a soft-bristled angled toothbrush so you can reach up under the abutment/post while brushing to keep it extra clean.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Deep cleanings can only be received at your dentist’s office – and they are important to protect your dental implants. So make your appointment every 6 months and keep it!
Learn More About Dental Implants at Periodontal Associates
Whether you have one missing tooth or a mouthful of missing teeth, dental implants can have a positive impact on your overall quality of life. If you are interested in learning more, then the professionals at Periodontal Associates can help.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment at one of our two convenient locations.
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