Before you invest in a dental implant, you’ll want to know how to care for it, so that it lasts as long as possible.
For the most part, you do the same to keep your implant healthy as you do for your natural teeth. But implants do require an extra level of attention.
All of your teeth benefit from flossing. Using floss every day prevents tooth decay and removes plaque that can cause gum inflammation.
It’s especially important to floss around your implant post.
Using tape-style floss, thread it around both sides of your implant in a U-shape. Gently move it down to the actual implant and cross the tape ends so that they wrap snugly around the implant to floss with a shoe-shine motion.
A soft-bristled toothbrush is kind to all of your teeth. Brush with light pressure and a gentle motion and avoid toothpaste with abrasives. This will help you avoid irritating the gums around your implant.
Rinse as Directed
If your dentist suggests one, use an antibacterial rinse to reduce the chances of infection and inflammation around your implant. Such mouthwashes can prevent plaque from forming for several hours after you brush and floss.
Special Considerations for Implants
To keep your implant healthy and clean in a way that suits your ability and lifestyle, your dentist may suggest additional oral hygiene devices. Water flossers, rubber-tipped gum stimulators, and tufted floss for cleaning under an implant bridge are all popular items.
To find out which tools and products are best for you and your dental implant, you’ll have to consult your local dentist. With a little diligent care every day, your implant will last you a lifetime.
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