How You Should Care for Dental Implants
Tooth replacements vary in several ways, including their ease of maintenance. Compared to dentures and bridges, dental implants are far easier to keep in good shape. Furthermore, implants can last for life when cared for properly. Here is how you should take care of tooth implants.
Brush and Floss
Implants lack any hardware besides what they contain inside of the gums. As a result, they need only routine brushing and flossing to keep free of plaque. Every day, brush gently twice using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste. At least once each day, floss to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Waxed or non-waxed floss, whichever you prefer, can be used for this purpose.
Get Check-Ups Regularly
Dental cleanings benefit dental implants just like actual teeth. The special tools our dentist uses enable more elimination of plaque from the teeth than what brushing and flossing can achieve. At the same time, these sessions provide a clean slate from which to clean your teeth and implants afterwards. The examinations performed at these visits can also spot gum disease and other conditions that could potentially put implants at risk. If any problems are found, treatment can be scheduled.
The permanence of dental implants is a major draw toward this treatment, but this benefit depends on proper care. Brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups are key to keeping your implants intact for the long term. You can schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about caring for dental implants.
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