It probably took you a few months to get used to your new dental implant. Dental implants need a little time to heal firmly in place. And then you still have to get used to the feel of having a tooth where there once wasn’t one!
Does your implant require any special care? Read on to find out how you can make sure it serves you well for a lifetime.
Brush the Implant Thoroughly, Along with the Others
Short, gentle, rapid brushstrokes near the gum line are very effective at lifting plaque from teeth – both natural and implants.
Avoid whitening toothpastes. These contain a gritty substance that could scratch the porcelain crown of the implant. Using a soft toothbrush, brush your implant just as you do the teeth that are nearby it.
Don’t Forget the Flossing!
Even though your implant is not a real tooth, it can still host bacteria that can cause cavities in other teeth. Flossing gently around your implant will help keep the gums clear of inflammation and “periodontitis.” Keeping your implant free of food debris protects the rest of your smile, not just your implant.
Other Handy Dental Tools
A powered toothbrush or water flosser are great ideas because they improve access to hard-to-reach areas. Electric brushes are especially helpful tools during times when it seems impossible to make contact with any other tool.
Coming in to the dental office for regular checkups is the best way to make sure that your implant is holding up as it should. With x-rays and careful examination, your dentist will keep track of the strength of your implant. Professional dental cleanings are very important, as well. Book your appointment today!
Posted on behalf of:
Preston Sherry Dental Associates
6134 Sherry Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
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