Follow Good Oral Hygiene Practices
Home care is the most crucial factor in ensuring that your dental implants last a lifetime. It’s vital that you practice good oral hygiene at home.
Brush your teeth twice a day. Ensuring you’re cleaning plaque (dental biofilm) off your teeth is essential. For most people, brushing twice a day is adequate. Brushing more often than that can irritate gum tissue and potentially contribute to receding gums around the dental implant. Use a soft-bristled brush and regular toothpaste that is non-abrasive. Use gentle pressure with the toothbrush. If you are irritating your gums with your brushing technique, we can help you understand how to brush correctly. Many electric toothbrushes also have pressure sensors to help you avoid pushing too hard.
Floss every day. Flossing helps clean bacteria and food that can build up between the teeth. Floss gently around your dental implant to avoid damaging delicate gum tissue. The technique for flossing around dental implants might differ slightly from flossing natural teeth. It might take time to adapt to cleaning around dental implants.
Sometimes, it makes sense to try different flossing tools. Interdental brushes are easier to use than floss and might be more effective for cleaning dental implants. Water flossers can also work effectively. Ultimately, the best flossing tool is the one you will use most consistently.
If you have a removable implant denture, remove it daily for cleaning. Follow your implant dentist’s instructions for caring for the implant denture, including what tools to use and how often you should soak it. Many implant dentures are not removable, so you shouldn’t worry about this step.