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How Do I Clean My Dental Implants?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Dallas Prosthodontics
Doctor explaining to patient how to take care of her dental implant  Dallas Prosthodontics in Dallas, TXSo you've recently gotten dental implants, congratulations! Dental implants are a fantastic option for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. They're durable, long-lasting, and can look and feel just like natural teeth. But just like your natural teeth, dental implants require proper care to maintain their health and prevent complications.

One of the most important aspects of caring for your dental implants is proper cleaning. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not connected to living tissue, so they don't receive the same natural cleaning benefits from saliva. This means you need to be even more diligent in your oral hygiene routine.

So, how do you clean your dental implants?

Here's a comprehensive guide:

1. Brushing: Brushing your dental implants twice a day is essential. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to brush gently around the implant and the surrounding gum tissue. You can also use an electric toothbrush, but choose one with a soft brush head and avoid using it on the highest setting.

2. Flossing: Flossing daily is crucial for removing plaque and food debris between your teeth and around your implants. Use a floss threader to guide the floss under your implant crown or bridge. Be gentle and avoid snapping the floss against the implant.

3. Interdental Brushes: These tiny brushes are specifically designed to clean the spaces between your teeth and around your implants. They are particularly helpful for cleaning under fixed bridges or around implant abutments. Ask your dentist to recommend the appropriate size and type of interdental brush for your specific needs.

4. Antibacterial Rinse: Using an antibacterial mouthwash can help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Choose a mouthwash that is specifically designed for use with dental implants.

5. Water Flosser: A water flosser is a great tool for removing food debris and plaque, especially around the implant abutments. It works by using a stream of water to flush away debris.

6. Regular Dental Checkups: Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining the health of your dental implants. Your dentist will examine your implants, check for any signs of infection or inflammation, and perform professional cleanings.

Additional Tips:

Restoration Dentistry: Keeping Your Smile Healthy

•  Avoid smoking, as it can increase your risk of implant failure.
•  Limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as these can damage your implants and surrounding teeth.
•  If you experience any pain, swelling, or bleeding around your implants, contact your dentist immediately.

Taking care of your dental implants is an essential part of restoration dentistry, which focuses on restoring the function and aesthetics of your smile. By following these tips, you can help ensure the long-term success of your dental implants and enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.

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