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How To Clean Your Dental Implants

26/12/2022

Even though dental implants look and feel like real teeth, they are not as prone to deterioration as your own tissue is. However, this does not lessen the need of maintenance in any way. Just like with natural teeth, dental implants require rigorous maintenance, therefore it’s crucial to understand how to clean them.

Why Should You Clean Your Dental Implants?

Although implants don’t decay, they can develop plaque, and if it isn’t frequently removed, it can cause irritation and even inflame the gum tissue around them, potentially leading to gingivitis or periodontitis, which can cause gum recession and erode the bone that supports both your natural teeth and your implants. Therefore, maintaining the effects of your medication requires a consistent oral hygiene regimen.

Oral Hygiene

Cleaning your natural smile and a fixed implant-supported restoration are extremely similar. Patients need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush twice daily and daily floss. Even while you must brush extensively to remove plaque, you must be soft enough to avoid harming your gums. Patients with implants want to think about using a low-abrasive toothpaste that reduces tartar.

However, you might need to make a few changes to your cleaning schedule. Hygienists frequently suggest patients to use floss threaders to place the floss between the implants because flossing around implants can occasionally be difficult. A tiny interdental brush that is intended to clean in between teeth and implants is another helpful tool. Patients might also think about gargling with antimicrobials.

Protecting Your Dental Implants

Although implants are durable and powerful, they are not unbreakable. Because placing them entails such a large time and financial commitment, it is crucial to keep them as well-maintained as possible.

Patients should refrain from using their implants for anything other than chewing their meals, such as pulling off bits of tape, biting their nails, or chewing on pencils, in addition to controlling plaque. These actions can over time weaken or harm the prostheses because they are not intended for them.

Both natural teeth and dental implants can last a lifetime with the right daily maintenance.

Additionally, it is recommended that no patient—including those with implants—use tobacco. In addition to the obvious health risks, smoking can discolour teeth and increase the risk of gum disease.

Long-term benefits also depend on regular examinations and cleanings with your dentist and hygienist. Your providers can carry out expert cleanings and thoroughly examine the implants to determine the likelihood of damage. Any small problem, like a loose screw or an area of irritation, can be fixed before it worsens.

Help is Just a Click Away

Both natural teeth and dental implants can last a lifetime with the right daily maintenance. We invite you to get in touch with our office if you’re interested in finding out more about the best and most modern home care methods. Our dentists and oral health experts are qualified to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining excellent dental health. Check out our dental implant page to learn about how we can help you!

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