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Taking proper care of your dental health is important to ensure the longevity of dental implants. Unlike other tooth loss replacement options, dental implants are more durable, comfortable, and secure.
Most people completely ignore their gums. However, if you have dental implants, you need to make sure that you take care of your gums as much as you take care of the rest of your mouth. Don’t forget that gums hold the implants in place.
You don’t need special products to care for dental implants, but there are a few things you can include in your routine to ensure that they last you a lifetime. Here are six implant care tips to add to your oral routine.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Did you know that only 41% of Americans floss once a day, while 20% never floss at all? If plaque bacteria gets under your gum line, it can’t be removed with a toothbrush. To ensure that your gums don’t catch any bacteria, don’t forget to floss at least once a day with unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss. Consider using electric water flossers if you have a hard time flossing.
Use Sensitive Cleaning Products
If you use cleaning products that contain abrasives like flour of pumice and calcium carbonate, you should stop using them after getting implants. Stick to buying sensitive cleaning products to avoid discomfort. Make sure you use alcohol-free mouthwash and avoid products that contain mint and cinnamon, as these can be hard on your implants.
Brush Twice a Day With a Soft Nylon Coated Brush
Implants or no implants, everyone needs to brush twice a day. But, if you have dental implants, you need to switch to using soft nylon brushes as they are gentler than hard bristle toothbrushes.
There are many good reasons to not smoke—ensuring good oral health is one of them. Smoking is the number one cause of gum disease. Gums are home to dental implants, so you need to take extra care of them. Lifestyle choices like smoking affect the durability of implants and affect your overall oral hygiene as well.
After-Surgery Implant Care
Dentists usually recommend avoiding hot liquids and spicy foods for a few days. Generally, dentists recommend sticking to soft foods. However, you might have difficulty chewing hard items, so sticking to soft foods until you are healed is the best option. The most common reason for implant failure is trauma caused by excessive chewing—thus, it is important to avoid hard foods until the swelling subsides.
After surgery, you can carefully brush and floss around your implants. After a few days, you will have to use a cleaning solution to gently clean the area around the implants.
Having Problems With Your Implant? Visit Us Today!
We at Frank W. Sallustio, DDS use advanced implant technology and 100% safe products to ensure that your implants last a lifetime.
Gum diseases are hard to spot, and they can cause implant failure; make sure you keep a regular check on your gums. Post-op implant complications aren’t common. However, if your swelling hasn’t subsided or you are bleeding from the gums quite often, feel free to call us at (623) 738-2639 so we can take good care of you.