How to Take Care of Your Dental Implants
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
If you have one or more dental implants, it’s important to take proper care of them. The idea that you don’t have to clean and care for dental implants because they are not natural teeth is a myth. Dental implants should be cleaned each day just as if they were normal teeth. They should also be professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year during your regular dental visits.
It is not difficult to clean and take care of dental implants. In most cases, dental implants should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. After you have dental implants placed, your dentist should review the recommended cleaning process with you in full detail. Your dentist and/or dental hygienist should also remind you of proper cleaning techniques every time you are in the office for a preventive dental appointment.
Following are some of the steps to take that will help keep your dental implants clean and the gums surrounding your dental implants healthy:
- Gently bush your dental implants as if they were natural teeth
- Use the type of toothbrush that your dentist recommends
- Floss around your dental implants as if they were natural teeth
- Use the type of toothpaste that your dentist and/or dental hygienist recommends
- Make sure to brush and floss all of your teeth (natural teeth in addition to implants) at least twice a day
- Always visit your dentist at least twice a year for a preventive dental appointment
Besides keeping your dental implants clean and in good condition, many dentists advise individuals with dental implants to refrain from smoking.
Cleaning Dental Implants as if They Were Natural Teeth
Because dental implants are permanentlyaffixed to your jaw bone, they cannot be removed for cleaning purposes. This is why they must be properly cleaned as if they were your natural teeth. Dental implants should never be neglected.
In all likelihood, you probably spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money to have your dental implants placed. The last thing you want is to have your dental implants fail because you did not clean them or take care of them.
Dental implants cannot develop cavities. This is one reason some people incorrectly believe that implants do not have to be regularly cleaned. However, dental implants that are not brushed, flossed, and maintained can lead to the development of serious conditions that can potentially lead to the loss of the implant, gum disease, or other oral health issues.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
If your dental implant seems loose or if it hurts, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Dental implants can last for many years, and possibly your entire lifetime, as long as they are kept in clean and maintained.
For more information on how to take care of your dental implants, make sure to ask your dentist for advice and guidance. Your dentist should be able to provide you with step-by-step instructions that will help keep your dental implants and overall oral health in top condition for many years to come.