Dental implants look like natural teeth. Unlike real teeth, they cannot get cavities. But you still need to be very careful about cleaning your implant for other reasons.
Because an implant is anchored directly into the bone, there isn’t a layer of gum tissue around it. The gums typically supply nutrients and infection-fighting agents to the ligaments that hold onto tooth roots.
Implants don’t have those tissue connectors. Instead, they depend on solid integration with the bone and a shallow suction seal near the gum line.
Properly caring for your implant will help you avoid periimplantitis – inflammation of the bone and gums around an implant caused by plaque. (It’s like gingivitis, but affects the area where your implant sits.)
Here are the best ways to gently clean your implant and maintain a healthy seal:
Use a Powered Toothbrush
You can clean your implant just as well with a manual toothbrush, but a powered one can help you brush more thoroughly.
Wrap a piece of floss in a C-shape around both sides of the implant and scoot it down until you reach the point under the crown. Cross the ends of the floss and gently move the floss back and forth in a shoe-shine motion to clean the implant just above the seal.
The slight pressure of a water stream from a water flosser can help you clean your implant if the gums are inflamed, or if you have a hard time using normal floss.
Swish for at least 30 seconds with an antimicrobial rinse after each brushing session to reduce plaque accumulation.
Want more ideas for making your implant last you a lifetime? Schedule a consultation at your local dental office.
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