Caring for Your
If Dr. Robson has already restored your smile with dental implants, then you know what they can do for your smile and your self-confidence. Dental implants are a healthy and attractive way to restore the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. Dental implants enhance the overall health of your smile by promoting jawbone growth and preventing your remaining natural teeth from shifting around.
One of the major benefits of dental implants is that they’re so easy to care for. Unlike dentures, you never need to remove your implants for cleaning. Instead, you simply brush and floss them as you do with your natural teeth.
The major difference in caring for your dental implants is that you’ll want to choose gentle hygiene products. That way, you’ll avoid scratching your implants or irritating the soft tissue around them.
Effective Dental Hygiene
Practicing effective hygiene and visiting Dr. Robson for regular checkups are essential to protect the health of your implants and to prevent peri-implantitis, an infection that causes inflammation around the base of a dental implant. That’s why daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash is so important.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush
There’s been a lot of research conducted on the best type of toothbrush to use with dental implants and these studies demonstrate that you can do an effective job cleaning around your implants using either a manual or an electric toothbrush. Whichever type of toothbrush you use, it’s important to find one with soft or extra soft bristles.
You should brush for at least two minutes and thoroughly brush all the exposed surfaces of your teeth. Many electric toothbrushes have a timer to help remind you to brush long enough. Dentists recommend an electric toothbrush for patients who have difficulty applying enough pressure on their own.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste
You need to be careful when choosing toothpaste because there are many kinds that contain abrasive ingredients that can harm your implants. This includes the following types of toothpaste:
- Smoker’s toothpaste
- Stain-removing toothpaste
- Toothpaste containing baking soda, sodium fluoride, or stannous fluoride
Choosing the Right Mouthwash
Daily rinsing with mouthwash is an important part of an effective home care regimen. But if you have dental implants, you’ll want to avoid mouthwash that says it will whiten your teeth. You also want to stay away from mouthwash that contains alcohol because this causes dry mouth, a condition that interferes with your body’s natural ability to fend off oral infection.
Choosing the Right Interdental Cleaner
Interdental cleaners such as dental floss clean the spaces between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. When choosing floss, make sure to select a variety that’s nylon-coated or one that’s designed specifically for use with dental implants. Many of our patients find that interdental brushes are convenient for cleaning around dental implants. Make sure to choose one that’s either nylon or nylon-coated because brushes with metal wires are not recommended for use with dental implants.