Have you recently received a dental implant or multiple implants for partial or full dentures? If so then you are among over 3 million Americans with dental implants and that number is growing increasingly every year.
To ensure the longevity of an implant, a few actions will be necessary to keep it clean and free of destructive bacteria and plaque, which can cause infection in the tissues around the implant and lead to dental implant failure. Implants themselves will not decay because they are made of titanium, but the supporting bone and gum structure of your jaw and face must be carefully maintained to protect your oral health.
Brush & Floss Daily
Just like with your natural teeth, should brush and floss around your dental implant daily to ensure it will last throughout the years. With proper care and maintenance, you can avoid problems with oral diseases that could affect your implant’s longevity. Healthy gums and bone will ensure your implant will last for the rest of your life.
Use a Soft Nylon Brush
There have been a lot of studies done on the best type of toothbrush to use for your new dental implants and this research demonstrates that you can effectively clean around your implants using a manual or an electric toothbrush. Whatever kind of toothbrush you use, it’s important to find one with soft or extra-soft bristles.
A nylon toothbrush will come with bristles that are pliable and gentle on your dental implants. A Proxabrush can also be used to clean the hard-to-reach areas around your dental implants. You’ll also want to stay away from mouthwashes that contain alcohol because this causes dry mouth which interferes with your body’s natural ability to fend off oral infection.
Avoid Sticky or Hard Foods
Hard or sticky foods such as hard candy, gummies, potato chips, and tortilla chips, should be avoided. Sometimes, crunching into these foods causes damage to the prosthesis or could pull out a crown.
Schedule Regular Dental Visits
Dental implants can greatly improve your smile and quality of life. However, they’re not a cure for all dental hygiene issues that may occur in the future. Depending on your situation and oral health, you should plan regularly scheduled visits to our dental office at least twice per year. With proper care and regular visits to the dentist your dental implants will be able to last a lifetime.