Cleaning Teeth with Dental Implants
Replacing teeth with dental implants is definitely your best option, as no other tooth replacement option so closely mimics the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth. While some patients worry about cleaning their teeth with dental implants, it is actually relatively simple to maintain your oral hygiene. In fact, cleaning your teeth with dental implants is very similar to cleaning your teeth without dental implants.
You will want to be sure to brush your teeth at least two times a day. It is best to use a soft bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste. You will also want to floss at least once a day. Some patients with dental implants find that using interdental brushes to clean between their teeth is easier than it is with floss. Interdental brushes are just as effective as floss, but you will want to be sure to use an interdental brush that is coated with nylon. Without the nylon coating, an interdental brush can scratch your implant, creating an environment that will act as a safe haven for harmful bacteria. Finally, you will definitely want to make sure that you visit the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. That way, the dentist will be able to monitor the health of your implant.
With proper oral hygiene, dental implants can last an entire lifetime. If you do not practice good oral hygiene, it is possible for the implant to fail. Peri-implantitis is a condition much like gum disease that infects the hard and soft tissues that are supporting your dental implant. If it is not treated in time, your implant will likely be irreparably compromised.
Contact our dental implants doctor if you have any additional questions about cleaning your teeth with dental implants.
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