Now that you have your dental implants, your smile is complete and ready to show off. Keeping it that way can ensure you don’t need additional treatment or replacements in the future. Dental implants are made to last, but proper care keeps them at their best.
Fortunately, dental implants don’t require much extra care. You can take care of them using the same methods as for natural teeth — regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine visits to the dentist for cleanings.
The most important aspect of any dental care product you use on your implants is that it’s gentle. One of the worst things you can do is scratch your implant up with metal or increase your oral health risk with harsh products.
The most important part of your toothbrush is the bristles. You should choose a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles — anything else is up to you, including whether you prefer a manual or electric toothbrush
Avoid all toothpaste that contains whitening and stain-removing agents, as they can harm dental implants. Also make sure your toothpaste doesn’t include stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, or baking soda.
Whitening mouthwash can also harm your implant. In addition, mouthwashes with alcohol should be avoided because they can dry out your mouth, which makes you more vulnerable to bacterial infection.
Dental floss is a vital part of your daily oral hygiene regimen, as it removes any leftover food or debris between your teeth. Any floss that’s nylon-coated is much more gentle on the soft tissue that supports your implants.
If you don’t like using dental floss, interdental brushes can also remove any debris from between your teeth. Just make sure your interdental brush is plastic or plastic-coated because metal brushes can damage your implants.
Remember, proper care can ensure your implants last as long as possible. You may not have to think about a replacement implant or other restoration option if you take good care of the implant you’ve just received.
To ask about the best ways to care for your implant, feel free to call our office at 719-355-7420 to speak to us. You can also leave your information in the convenient contact form available on this page.
Dr. Jeffery C. Platt
2465 Research Pkwy #100
Colorado Springs, CO
Monday: 7AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 3PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 4PM
Thursday: 7AM – 3PM