A common misconception exists that dental implants cannot decay, therefore they do not have to be cleaned. Do not let these misconceptions fool you. You still need to take care of these implants even if they cannot get cavities.
Do you have questions about dental implant care? This is what you need to know.
Cleanings Make Your Implants Last Longer
Your implants will last longer if you keep them clean and prevent the spread of bacteria and plaque through your mouth. Additionally, cleaning all of your teeth is important because it keeps your other teeth from getting cavities as well.
Your implants will also last longer when you take preventative measures against diseases that affect your implants. You don't want a disease to take over your other teeth, especially because it may weaken the implants you have already installed.
Brush Your Teeth Daily
Just as you would brush your natural teeth twice a day, make sure to brush your dental implants in the same way. Dentists often advise that you use a soft brush to avoid gum recession. When you do brush, avoid a toothpaste that could be abrasive.
Not only should you brush all of your teeth, but you should also make sure that you get the brush under the crown of the implant, ensuring you brush debris away from the gums that could work its way into the implant.
Floss At Least Once a Day
You should floss each day at least once. You may also use an oral irrigator to remove debris from your gums and teeth. These devices help dislodge pieces of food that can become lodged between the implant and the gums.
Rinse With Mouthwash
It is also important that you rinse your implants with mouthwash. Disinfecting mouthwash is the best option. Mouthwash prevents cavities and helps you keep your mouth fresh.
Implants Can Be Difficult to Clean
Some types of implants can be more difficult to clean than others. Some implants may require a little more TLC than others. A dentist can help you with your regular cleanings to look for signs of infection and disease around the implants.
Talk to Your Dentist Today
Are you still trying to figure out how to take care of your dental implants? Are you trying to make a plan for your future dental implants? Make an appointment with your dentist today to discuss dental implants and the options available to you.