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Nurturing Your Smile: 7 Essential Dental Implant Care Tips

By Alyssa Martinez @ItsMariaAlyssa

Losing a tooth can be traumatic. It feels like a big deal and can be, especially since it can negatively impact your self-esteem and confidence.

The good news is that a dental implant can restore not only the look of your natural teeth, but it can also function just like a normal tooth. To keep them looking and functioning like your normal teeth, they must be cared for from the day they are put into your jawbone. In fact, some of the care steps are just like those used on natural teeth. For the best results from your implants, just speak with a Family Dentist Near Me. In the meantime, here are seven essential dental implant care tips.

Brush Daily

Just as is the case with natural teeth, dental implants must be brushed daily to keep them looking good.

Use an Electric Toothbrush

Dentists everywhere recommend using an electric toothbrush to clean teeth and implants. An electric toothbrush will not only help ensure that you are brushing your teeth effectively, but it requires less dexterity and effort to use.

Brush Properly

Brush your implants the same way you brush your natural teeth. First, divide your mouth into quadrants, and plan to spend at least 40 seconds on each quadrant. Begin on whichever quadrant you desire, but brush each surface of each tooth. While you are brushing, make sure that you also turn your brush at a 45-degree angle and brush along the gumline. Make sure to also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss

Most dentists also recommend that you floss your teeth as often as you brush. Run your floss-unwaxed is more effective at removing debris-between your teeth and use it on each side of each tooth. If you have a fixed implant, brush and floss it the same way you would a normal tooth. If you have doubts and questions about your brushing and flossing style, ask your dentist for help. Many people also have questions about the use of threaders. Most dentists recommend against them but concede that, if they allow a patient to get between teeth better, use them.

Other Brushing Options

It doesn't take long walking down the aisle of a supermarket to see the dizzying array of toothbrush styles. It all makes things very confusing. One popular option is what are called "proxy brushes," or what are called interdent or interdental brushes. These are brushes with a small, pointed tip to them and are intended to be used to clean between teeth and implants as well as just under the gumline. These are great for getting areas you might otherwise miss but should not replace regular brushing.

Use the Right Toothpaste

Toothpaste is designed for use on natural teeth, and often contains fluoride, which is good for oral health. Many dentists recommend brushing without toothpaste since it tends to get teeth cleaner, but if you like the freshening qualities, use it. Make sure, however, that you check the ingredients to make sure there is nothing contained that will scratch the porcelain and glaze on the implants. This goes for the use of baking soda and stain removers too.

Use Mouthwash

There are many types of mouthwash and oral rinses out there that are designed to freshen your breath. Make sure to only use those with no alcohol since they leave your mouth dry.

Keep Up Dental Visits

Just because you have replaced a natural tooth doesn't mean you should stop seeing your dentist. Regular cleanings are still important to good oral health.


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