Dental Implants The Right Method for Home Care

Once your new dental implants are in your mouth and you are using them to function, it is time to clean them just as you would your natural teeth.. Dental implants need meticulous homecare to prevent dental issues from occuring. Just as bacteria in the mouth has the potential to cause gingivitis or periodontitis around natural teeth, it can also cause disease around an implant which is called peri-implantitis.

Tips for keeping your new dental implants clean and healthy for life!

1. Regular flossing is vital for optimal bacterial plaque control around margin of where the implant crown meets the gumline. The crevice which is formed where the implant crown meets the gumline and the titanium portion of the implant is similar to the sulcus around a natural tooth has the potential to trap food and bacteria which can cause infection. By directing the floss into the crevice between the implant and gum you will be able to remove the food and bacteria before inflammation begins.

2. An electric toothbrush is also a great adjunct in keeping your implant clean. The vibration and mechanical motion of the brush can sometimes remove plaque better below the gumline than a manual toothbrush.

3. An antibacterial mouthrinse is great to reduce bacteria levels around an implant. Salt water can also be used in place of an OTC mouthrinse.

4. Regular professional dental cleanings are imperative to keep tartar/calculus off of the implant surface, usually the recommendation is every 3-4 months. It is imperative when having your dental implants cleaned that a plastic implant scaler is used to prevent scratching the titanium surface of the implant which is buried below the gumline. Also, your dental professional may want an x-ray of the implant on a yearly basis to check the health of the bone around the implant.

5. If using other cleaning aids around your implant make sure that it is not something that can scratch the implant surface if using below the gumline. If an dental implant is scratched, occasionally it can cause the dental implant to fail.

Follow these steps to keep your dental implants healthy for life!

Dr.Nathan Haas is a practising dentist in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 1997 and prior to that completed his undergraduate degree at University of Toronto.

Dr.Nathan Haas works in his family practice named Stonebrook Dental in North York. His practice focuses on providing the highest quality family, cosmetic, laser and implant dentistry. http://www.drnathanhaas.com

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