Caring for Your
How Do I Take Care Of My Dental Implants?
If Dr. Robson has restored your smile with dental implants, then you know what our professional dental staff can do for your smile and self-confidence. Dental implants are a healthy and attractive way to restore the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. Dental implants enhance your overall oral health by promoting healthy jawbone growth and preventing your remaining natural teeth from shifting around.
Thankfully, dental implant care and cleaning is simple. Unlike dentures, you’ll never need to remove your implants for cleaning. The most noticeable difference in caring for your dental implants is that you’ll use gentle oral hygiene products. That way, you’ll avoid scratching your implants or irritating the soft tissue around them.
What Toothbrush Should I Use For My Implants?
After receiving your dental implants, it’s vital to begin caring for them right away. Proper oral care can prevent peri-implantitis, an infection that causes inflammation around the base of a dental implant.
Luckily, dental implant care is as easy as brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing. Dr. Robson recommends brushing all exposed surfaces of your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily.
Manual toothbrushes are the most affordable way to keep your teeth clean. Many of these come in soft and extra-soft bristled varieties, so you keep your smile shiny as well as keeping your gums healthy.
Many electric toothbrushes have a timer to help you keep track of how long you’ve been brushing. Electric toothbrushes like Philips Sonicare have removable brush heads, so you’ll be able to customize your toothbrush for your dental implants. If you’re interested in electric toothbrushes, talk to Dr. Robson during your appointment and she/he can provide her/his top recommendations.
What Is the Best Toothpaste For Implants?
Your dental implants are vibrant and realistic. However, porcelain can be more prone to scratches than your natural teeth. It’s best to avoid abrasive toothpaste, such as:
- Smoking Toothpaste
- Whitening toothpaste
- Baking soda, sodium fluoride, or stannous fluoride toothpaste
There are a variety of gentle toothpaste brands that work well for dental implants. We recommend finding a toothpaste that isn’t grainy and foams well to protect your pearly whites.
What Kind of Mouthwash Should I Use?
Rinsing daily with mouthwash is a vital part of an effective at-home oral hygiene routine. But if you have dental implants, you’ll want to avoid teeth-whitening mouthwash. Many kinds of whitening mouthwash are abrasive and can wear down your vibrant replacements.
We also recommend using an alcohol-free mouthwash. Alcohol-free mouthwash is a healthy addition to your oral hygiene routine. This rinse will allow you to feel fresh and clean while supporting your body’s ability to fight oral infections.
What Is the Best Floss For My Implants?
Interdental cleaners, such as dental floss, are crucial for clearing hard-to-reach places in your mouth. Flossing is your second line of defense, behind brushing, for avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.
We recommend using nylon-coated floss or a brand that’s designed specifically for use with dental implants. These brands of dental floss protect your porcelain implants while cleaning the hard-to-reach spots in your mouth.
Many of our patients find that interdental brushes are convenient for cleaning around dental implants. These brushes are helpful, but it’s important to avoid metal brushes, as they can scratch your implants. Find an extra-soft nylon or nylon-coated brush to maintain your stunning smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use whitening toothpaste on my dental implants?
No, we don’t recommend using a whitening toothpaste on porcelain teeth replacements. Porcelain scratches easier than your natural enamel, so abrasive toothpaste can scratch your replacement. If you’re interested in teeth whitening options, talk to Dr. Robson about what works for your mouth.
Do dental implants come out for cleaning?
One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they stay firmly in your mouth at all times. Your titanium implants fuse to your bone, allowing you to eat and speak naturally. This means we won’t take them out for professional cleanings, and you’ll clean them just like your natural teeth.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper oral hygiene, your dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. To ensure your implants stay clean and healthy, schedule your semi-annual professional cleanings with Dr. Robson. The experienced dental professionals at our Grand Rapids office are committed to making your dental implants last.
Deep Cleaning Your Implants at Robson Family Dental
Along with proper oral health care, the best way to maintain your implants is to visit Dr. Robson for professional cleanings every six months. Our deep cleanings break up plaque and tartar and extend the life of your dental implants.
You’ll walk out of our office with a brilliant smile and teeth you can be proud of every time. Contact us today at our Grand Rapids office and schedule your next appointment at (616) 942-9595.