Dental implants are a great solution for tooth replacement. They’re stronger than natural teeth. They don’t get cavities like natural teeth. Yet they make for a great smile, just like natural teeth.
However, even though they are durable and strong, you still need to care for them as you would your natural teeth. So here are five tips to help you care for your dental implants.
Use Fluoride Even with Dental Implants
Dental implants are strong and resistant to cavities and disease. Natural teeth and gums are not. To reduce the risk of decay in your natural teeth, use a fluoride toothpaste and/or rinse.
Additionally, make sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily. That includes brushing after each meal, including carefully cleaning all the surfaces of your dental implants, just as you do with your natural teeth. Plaque may not cause oral hygiene problems for your dental implants, but it can still stick to them and cause problems for your natural teeth as well as your gums.
Select the Best Toothbrush for Dental Implants
Whether you have dental implants or natural teeth, always choose the best toothbrush for your particular needs.
You may want to consider an inter-dental toothbrush designed to clean around bridges, braces, and wide spaces. It allows for more maneuverability and helps with post-surgical care and dental implant maintenance. Some dentists recommend using motorized toothbrushes, especially if manual dexterity is an issue.
Ultimately, you should speak with your dental care professional about the best toothbrush for your individual needs.
Dental Implants Still Require Flossing
Just because you have a dental implant (or two), doesn’t mean you can get out of flossing. Your natural teeth and gums require the same attentive care they’ve always received. Otherwise, you could be facing dental implant failure.
Periodontal disease is a leading cause of dental implant failure. If your goal is to keep your smile looking attractive and natural, good oral care – including daily brushing and flossing – is essential to your goal.
Too Much Sugar Can Affect Dental Implants
First, the good news: dental implants don’t decay. Unfortunately, sugar is still a primary reason for plaque buildup. Plaque causes gum disease. Therefore, your dental implants are still vulnerable because your gums are still vulnerable.
What you consume will always have an impact on your oral health. Sugars, starches, and acids are tough on your teeth and gums. The solution, however, isn’t to give them up. It’s to be aware of how much you consume and take precautionary steps to limit their impact.
Make Regular Dental Check Ups
With or without dental implants, if you expect to keep your smile looking shiny and bright, you have to see your dental care professional regularly. This is particularly vital for ensuring implant success. If you become aware of any problems, such as unexpected pain or bleeding, it could signal a larger problem. Call your dentist immediately.
Talk to your dentist to determine whether dental implants are a viable option for your missing teeth.