Dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. This tooth replacement option enhances your smile aesthetically which makes it almost impossible for people to differentiate them from natural teeth. Also, they won’t slide around in your mouth when you eat, drink, or socialize like dentures.
Infection is one of the major reasons a dental implant treatment fails. That’s why it’s essential that you clean your implant-supported tooth replacement, just like you would your natural teeth.
Plaque that is not removed daily can lead to inflammation of the tissues surrounding the implant. Inflammation can cause your body to reject the implant, and in some cases, you may experience some bone loss around the concerned area. Bone loss can quickly lead to implant failure.
At White Oak Dental Associates, our highly-qualified team will help keep your implant infection-free by monitoring your progress. We’ve also prepared a group of factors to consider when selecting the right oral hygiene products. You can find this information below.
Use Gentle Products
The best part about dental implants is that they’re easy to care for. Your oral hygiene habits won’t need to change at all; by brushing twice a day and flossing after eating, your dental implants could last a lifetime.
The one difference between caring for dental implants and your natural teeth is with implants you should choose soft, non-abrasive products. If you’re not careful and choose less than ideal products, you run the risk of damaging or scratching your implant and irritating the soft tissue around the gums.
- Toothbrush – When selecting a toothbrush, remember to find one with soft or extra soft bristles to avoid scratching the porcelain or titanium implant.
- Toothpaste – Some brands contain abrasive materials. To protect your implant, you can avoid whitening toothpaste because it usually contains baking soda. With continual use, baking soda can damage the enamel on your teeth.
- Dental floss – Flossing removes plaque and debris from spots that your toothbrush can’t reach. When flossing with dental implants we recommend only using nylon-coated floss and gently gliding it through your teeth, not pulling it out.
- Mouthwash – Antibacterial mouthwash helps your mouth fight off gum disease. Try to avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol, as well as teeth whitening mouthwash. Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense and alcohol dries your mouth out.
Dr. Owoc Our Implant Specialist
If you have missing or damaged teeth and live near White Oak, PA, we can help you revitalize your smile with functional and life-like dental implants. Learn more about the process, Dr. Owoc, and how our practice can help you get the treatment you deserve. Once you’re ready, contact us. Or, fill out the submission form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.