Taking care of your dental implants is like caring for natural teeth. But there are significant differences. Dental implants are prosthetic – in other words, they’re not natural and the body will reject them if they get infected. That’s why it’s incredibly important that you take care of your dental implants the right way.
How to Take Care of Your Dental Implants
They need to be kept clean and plaque-free. Brushing after every meal goes a long way. You need to use a gentle brush stroke, taking care to clean all sides of the implant.
Depending on your preference, you can use either a soft-bristle toothbrush or an electric brush. Stay away from abrasive toothpaste, since your implant isn’t made of the hard enamel your natural teeth boast.
After brushing, at least twice a day, use dental floss to clean around the implant abutments. In addition, you may choose to use a water pic to flush out even more plaque.
Helpful Dental Implant Cleaning Tools
- Antimicrobial mouth rinses
- Interdental brushes or tufted brushes
- Disclosing tablets that stain plaque for easier visibility
Your dental implants will serve you well for a long time – provided you take care of them daily. You should see your dentist every 3-6 months for a thorough cleaning.
To check on your implant health, it’s important that you get x-rays done every year. They’ll help you make sure the implants are still seated in solid, healthy bone.
What If I Don’t Take Care of My Dental Implants?
Without daily care, your implants will suffer problems. Some problems are treatable if caught soon enough. But peri-implantitis, or bone loss, is not reversible. If your implants aren’t kept clean, they’ll eventually have to be removed due to bone loss – and your jaw will be less structurally sound.
Properly caring for your dental implants sounds important, right? It is – and with the cleaning tools we have today, you can do it.
If you have any questions or need advice about cleaning your dental implants, give us a call. We’re happy to help!