Dental implants are the ideal way to restore gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. They look fantastic because they’re custom-crafted to blend in with the rest of your smile. This will really boost your self-confidence.
There are no restrictions with dental implants, so you can eat all your favorite foods. They’re a permanent solution that you don’t need to worry about.
Another fantastic benefit with dental implants is that, unlike dentures, you’ll never need to remove them for cleaning. In fact, you take care of them just like you do with your natural teeth — with daily brushing and flossing. It’s also a good idea to rinse regularly with mouthwash, which is an important part of effective home care.
There’s one thing to keep in mind when selecting hygiene products for use with your dental implants — it’s essential to choose gentle products that won’t scratch or damage your dental implant crown or the titanium fixture that secures it in place.
Another reason to choose gentle hygiene products is to avoid irritating the soft tissue around your implant fixture. One thing you always want to stay away from is any type of whitening toothpaste or mouthwash because they contain abrasive ingredients.
Dr. Platt has put together the following guide for finding the right hygiene products for use with your dental implants:
Toothbrush–Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, always select one with soft or extra soft bristles. It’s also essential to brush for at least two minutes and to thoroughly go over all available surfaces every time you brush.
Toothpaste–In addition to staying away from all types of whitening and stain-removing toothpaste, avoid any toothpaste with the following ingredients: stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, and baking soda.
Mouthwash–Don’t buy whitening mouthwash and you should also avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol because it can dry out your mouth. Dry mouth reduces your body’s natural ability to fend off bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental Floss–Dental floss is the most common type of interdental cleaner for removing debris from in between your teeth where your brush doesn’t reach. If you choose to floss, select a variety that’s nylon-coated because it’s much more gentle on the soft tissue that supports your implants.
Interdental Brushes–Many patients with implants find interdental brushes to be an effective and convenient alternative to flossing. Just make sure to find an interdental brush that’s either plastic or plastic coated. Metal interdental brushes can damage your implants.
Dr. Jeffery C. Platt
2465 Research Pkwy #100
Colorado Springs, CO
Monday: 7AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 3PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 4PM
Thursday: 7AM – 3PM