Proper care can help keep your implants in top shape
Many people mistakenly believe that, because implants cannot get cavities, they do not require as much care as natural teeth. However, good oral hygiene and maintenance are about more than keeping cavities at bay. Good, daily dental hygiene prevents gum disease, keeps breath smelling fresh and will help your implants remain stain-free. In addition, if you do not maintain proper oral care of your dental implants, the gum line can start to pull away from the base of the implant. With proper care, dental implants can last for years.
Here are the items you will need to properly care for your dental implants:
- Toothbrush. A small, soft manual toothbrush will work fine to care for you implants, but you might also want to consider investing in an electronic toothbrush.
- Toothpaste. Use a brand of toothpaste that is non-abrasive and provides tartar control.
- Floss and inter-dental brushes. Floss is the key to reaching between your implants to keep those hard-to-access areas clean and to maintain gum health. Inter-dental brushes also effectively get in between the implants to remove food debris, plaque and to stimulate gums.
- Mouthwash. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash daily to help keep the entire mouth clean and reduce bacteria.
You should also maintain a regular cleaning and checkup schedule with your dentist and hygienist; usually every three to six months. The implants should also be examined by X-ray annually to make sure all the fittings look good and everything remains in good working order.
Please contact us if you have any questions about dental implants or to set up a consultation with James Bieneman, DDS in south Denver.