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Tips to Ensure Your Dental Implants Last
Wondering how to care for your dental implants? Once you have one or more dental implants placed in your mouth, it is essential for you to take proper care of them. Otherwise, they will not last as long and that is something that you do not want to happen.
The implant placement process is one that takes several weeks from start to finish. They require your full attention and dedication to make sure that your implants are strong and healthy. When they are, you can treat them just like your real teeth. This is one of the many great benefits that come with choosing a dental implant as your tooth restoration option.
Care tips for dental implants
Brush the implants at least twice a day
Brushing the implants at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive fluoridated toothpaste is necessary to keep the implants clean. An ultrasonic cleaner can also be used. When actually brushing the teeth it is beneficial to use short and gentle strokes. This ensures the implants are clean and also does not cause any harm to the gums.
Floss the implants at least once a day
Flossing in between the teeth to remove any hidden food particles needs to be done at least once a day. There can be some tight spaces in and around the implant. This makes it essential to ensure that all food particles are removed from every part of the implant.
Use a bacteria-killing mouthwash
Rinsing the mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash will help to reduce any oral plaque present. It is important for those wearing dental implants to not allow any plaque to buildup on them. Plaque can damage dental implants just as they can one’s natural teeth.
Use a gum stimulator
A gum stimulator is a small dental tool that includes a rubber tip that is used to stimulate the gums. This is with the goal of reducing one’s risk of being diagnosed with gum disease.
Make regular dental appointments
While every patient is different, general guidelines suggest that dental patients see their dentist about every six months for a general examination. This will help to ensure that the implants are still doing their job properly and allow for a teeth cleaning.
Wear a night guard
For dental patients who grind or clench their teeth during the night, wearing a night guard to protect the implants from becoming damaged due to the force being placed on them is highly recommended.
Ready to take proper care of your implants?
Ready to get your new dental implants now that you understand how to make them last as long as possible? The better care you give your implants, the longer they will last you and that is exactly what you want to happen.
If you follow the above tips on a regular basis, then you can feel confident that you are taking proper care of your implants. This is essential to your overall oral health. Our caring team of dental professionals is available if you happen to have any questions or are in need of an appointment.
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