Tools For Optimal Implant Care
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
One of the primary questions that patients have, when they are consulting with us about dental implants, is what they will need to do to make sure treatment is successful. We love this question because it demonstrates a desire for long-term results. This is the very reason why dental implants are so beneficial: because they can last forever. That is, they can last a lifetime with good care. We’d like to discuss what that means and, more importantly, what that looks like in daily life.
Because dental implant treatment is performed to reinstate the natural structure of the mouth (roots and teeth), the general care that is needed to support this type of tooth replacement resembles what you may have already been doing. Brushing your teeth every morning and evening keeps debris from accumulating on tooth surfaces and around the base of teeth. Flossing is vital to oral health because this practice prevents plaque from adhering to enamel and gum tissue in between teeth. These are the two most vital aspects of caring for natural teeth, and they are also the two most vital aspects of caring for dental implants. That’s a win!
Optimal oral care includes the daily use of efficient tools. These include:
- We already mentioned that brushing is important, but we also want to point out that the kind of toothbrush you use may also increase your efficiency – and your convenience. Soft toothbrush bristles are ideal for gently reaching the gum line to remove debris. Also, some patients may find that their brushing practice improves with the use of a sonic or electric toothbrush.
- For some people, flossing that very back tooth can be difficult. To resolve this issue, we suggest using a flossing instrument. A flossing stick holds the string for you, so you don’t have to hold in in your fingers. The small size of the tool also fits well at the back of the mouth.
- Oral irrigator. The oral irrigator is a type of “water flosser” that disrupts plaque formation with a stream of water. One of the benefits of using this tool is that you can add a few drops of antibacterial solution into the water reservoir to amplify infection-fighting power.
- Talk to your dentist about proper mouthwash products and usage to inhibit bacteria from causing inflammation.
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