Dental implants are the gold standard for restoring gaps in your smile left by missing teeth. They’re very attractive, they won’t slide around, and you’ll never have to take them out for cleaning. Our dentists in Sebring has helped numerous patients improve their quality of life with dental implants.
Another great feature with dental implants is that they’re easy to care for. Basically, you take care of your dental implants the same way you protect your natural teeth. This means twice daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash.
The important thing to remember is that with dental implants you’ll want to choose gentle, nonabrasive hygiene products. This is essential for two reasons: First, you don’t want to scratch your implants. Second, it’s important to avoid irritating the soft tissue around your implants because this can lead to a condition called peri-implantitis, which is an infection that attacks the soft tissue around the base of your implants.
Here are the types of cleaning products you should select for cleaning around your dental implants:
Many patients don’t realize that rinsing with mouthwash twice a day is an important part of an effective oral hygiene regimen. All patients should use antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent gum disease. Patients with dental implants want to avoid mouthwash that contains teeth-whitening products because they can irritate the soft tissue that supports the implant fixture. You also want to stay away from mouthwash that has alcohol because it can cause dry mouth, which is unhealthy for your smile. Using mouthwash in conjunction with a rubber tip stimulator can provide healthy stimulation for your gums.
Interdental cleaners such as dental floss remove plaque, tartar, and debris that get stuck between your teeth. This is essential for protecting your smile from tooth decay, gum disease, and peri-implantitis. When purchasing dental floss, make sure to choose a variety that’s nylon-coated, or better yet, buy floss that’s specifically designed for use with dental implants. Many patients find that nylon or nylon-coated interdental brushes are an effective tool for cleaning between their dental implants.
Electric toothbrushes have become very popular in recent years. They can include all sorts of handy features such as a timer that reminds users to brush for at least two minutes. However, research demonstrates that you can effectively clean your implants using either an electric or a manual toothbrush. The important thing is to choose a toothbrush with soft or extra soft bristles to protect the enamel in your teeth, your dental implants, and the surrounding soft tissue.
To protect your dental implants, avoid all types of whitening toothpaste and smoker’s toothpaste and any toothpaste that contains the following ingredients: stannous fluoride, baking soda, or sodium fluoride.
If you’re thinking about restoring your smile with dental implants, contact our office to arrange your consultation with Dr. Kirsch today. We’re looking forward to meeting you.
Dr. Michael Kirsch
4660 Lakeview Drive
Monday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 5PM