Dental implants offer you a durable, safe way to replace missing teeth and show off a new smile. They act just like natural teeth in many ways, allowing you to chew and speak more naturally than you would with dentures. As the only permanent option, implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement.
Additionally, dental implants don’t require extensive maintenance. Unlike false teeth like dentures, which involve special care and cleaning routines, dental implants only need brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups. Prevent dental implant issues by practicing basic oral hygiene habits, not smoking, and proactively addressing concerns with your dentist.
Basic Oral Hygiene
Practicing good oral hygiene is the most important step in caring for your new smile. Most implant complications appear due to a poor dental hygiene routine. Fortunately, if you adopt good oral hygiene habits, implant infections likely won’t be an issue.
Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth and your dental implants are the most effective way to care for them. For adults, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth two times per day. Use a soft-bristled brush and aim for two minutes of continuous brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
Floss Your Teeth
Flossing your teeth is another vital part of maintaining your dental health. Flossing with regular floss or a floss pick helps remove plaque and bacteria from the top of your gums.
A special oral irrigator, known as a Waterpik, is one of the best flossing methods for people with dental implants. This instrument can reach difficult areas and keep the gum line clean, which is vital for dental implants.
Rinse Your Teeth
An easy addition to your dental hygiene routine is to use an oral rinse after brushing and flossing. Mouthwash helps prevent bad breath and kills harmful bacteria that lingers in your mouth. Use mouthwash twice per day after brushing and flossing. Swish it around for about 30 seconds, then spit it into the sink. Never swallow your oral rinse, as it is not meant to be ingested. Other Preventative Measures
Several additional preventative measures can help you keep your dental implants healthy. Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco. These activities are terrible for your teeth and gums and create a breeding ground for infection.
Ensure your calcium intake meets the daily recommended serving. Your implants are fused to your jawbone, which means keeping your bones strong is vital to your oral health.
Avoid sugary foods like cakes, candies, and cereals. Sugar encourages bacterial growth, which can cause a nasty infection in your dental implants. Also, avoid eating items like ice or hard candy, which damages the artificial implants.
Routine Dental Check-Ups
Your last step in caring for your dental implants is to visit your dentist regularly, approximately every six months. You should see your dentist sooner if you have any concerns regarding your dental implants, including pain, odor, or trouble chewing or talking.
Check-In With Blue Island Smiles
To schedule your next dentist visit or learn about dental implants, call Blue Island Smiles to set up an appointment. We are happy to speak with you about your existing implants’ care or set up a consultation regarding new dental implants. Contact Blue Island Smiles today!