Congratulations on your decision to get dental implants. Not only do they function just like real teeth, but they are so natural-looking, too. As you begin to smile bigger and reap all the benefits that come with your new tooth or teeth, don’t forget that they still need to be cared for just like you would care for your real ones. The better care you give them, the longer they will last.
Here’s how to clean dental implants.
Step One: Invest in a Toothbrush with Soft Bristles
Believe it or not, the bristles matter. And, soft bristles still clean your teeth very well – removing plaque and tartar – without causing damage to your gums. An electric toothbrush is always a very good option, especially when it comes to removing bacteria from the teeth. The office recommends using the Sonicare toothbrush for daily maintenance brushing. However, you can also opt for a manual toothbrush and still have very successfully clean teeth.
Brush your teeth at least twice per day. Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth after every meal though we understand this is not always a feasible option.
Step Two: Floss Daily
A waterpik is a great tool for those with dental implants. You don’t have to worry about pulling floss through because the water handles it for you. Even more, a waterpik can remove bacteria that are building deep within the gumline.
If you don’t have a waterpik, you can invest in super floss. You can insert it under the crown at your implant and pull it through the other side, removing any debris along with it.
Step Three: Change Your Toothpaste
You can use any toothpaste you want, of course, but if you are looking for something that will treat your dental implants well – and have them looking fantastic 10 years from now – then you will want to purchase a low-abrasive toothpaste.
Ask your dentist for a recommendation or look for a toothpaste that says it is designed for use with implants.
Step Four: Brush Around the Dental Implants
The crown that is attached to your dental implant does not reach your gum line. There is a space between them. And, can you guess what likes to hang out there? You got it – bacteria and plaque.
Using an interdental toothbrush or even a regular toothbrush with an angled head will help. Work your way under the crown and clear it all out.
Find Out More About Caring for Your Dental Implants
It can be exciting to get your new implants, whether you have one or many. But you want to be sure that you are caring for them properly so that they last you a long time. At Life Dental Specialties, we are here to help you get the most from your dental implants – and answer any questions or concerns you have about caring for them.
Contact us at one of our convenient locations.
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