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How to Care for Dental Implants

Just completed your dental implants treatment? Congratulations! We bet you’re completely in love with the results. To keep that beautiful new smile in the best condition possible, we’ve put together some tips for how to care for dental implants. The great thing is, it’s really not that much different than caring for your other teeth so you don’t have to worry about difficult maintenance post-procedures.

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Brush & Floss As Normal

That’s right! With dental implants, you should still brush and floss your teeth like you would normally. That means brushing at least twice a day (cleaning all surfaces of your teeth) and flossing at least once a day. It also means choosing toothpaste with fluoride. Even though your dental implants aren’t susceptible to cavities, plaque can still stick to them and affect your other teeth so you should continue to protect your oral health with fluoride. We recommend using a soft-bristle toothbrush and a low-abrasive toothpaste.

Consider Some Extra Steps in Your Oral Care Routine

You may want to consider adding an antimicrobial mouth rinse to your oral healthcare routine as extra protection against bad bacteria. Also, if it’s an option for you, you might want to clean your teeth after meals so that food particles don’t sit for extended periods of time on your teeth. At the very least, you can rinse your mouth with water after eating.

If you’re having difficulty getting a thorough clean around your dental implant with traditional floss, consider a floss pick, interdental brush, or a water flosser. It’s important not to let any food particles or bacteria get stuck around the implant since that could lead to plaque build-up and possible infection. Your dentist will be able to recommend some floss alternatives!

Visit the Dentist Regularly

This is another standard recommendation, whether or not you have dental implants. It’s important to continue to see your dentist on a regular basis (twice a year) so that they can spot any issues you might not be able to see yourself. They can continue to monitor that everything looks a-okay with your dental implant too! Dental professionals also have specific tools to clean those hard-to-reach areas around your implant too.

Want more dental health tips? Or maybe you’d like more information about dental implants? The Grafton Dental Care team is ready to help! Give our team a call or shoot us an email, and we’ll do everything we can to answer your questions.

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