If you’ve recently chosen dental implants to replace missing teeth, congratulations! You are taking an important step towards keeping your smile looking beautiful as well as improving your bite and making everyday tasks like eating, talking and laughing much more enjoyable. Now that you’ve decided to go with a dental implant, it’s important to know the basics of dental implant care. Here are 5 little tips that go a long way toward keeping your dental implant looking and feeling great for years to come.
Floss Like a Boss
Flossing is an essential part of any oral care routine, or at least it should be. When you have a dental implant, the importance of flossing is even greater, as it is vital to make sure you are cleaning any food particles that may have gotten stuck underneath the implant. Keeping unwaxed, unflavored floss on hand to tackle your implant at least once a day will help the site of your implant to steer clear of gum disease, bad breath or bacterial infections.
Pick Up the Paste
Not all toothpaste is created equal; this is especially true for those with dental implants. Stick with a low abrasive toothpaste to keep your dental implant as pearly white as the day you got it.
(Not) Crunch Time
One of the best things about dental implants is that you can treat them like your own teeth, without having to worry too much about what you eat. However, this does not mean that you should spend your days crunching down on hard candy, ice cubes or peanut brittle with your implant. Keep in mind that it is a dental crown on top of the implant post, and like all dental crowns, excessive crunching on hard objects can cause loosening or cracking, which may result in a visit to your dentist for emergency repair.
Take Your Pik
Once you receive your dental implant, your dentist may recommend that you invest in a WaterPik or air flosser to serve as a supplemental means of getting to the hard-to-reach places under your implant. A WaterPik works by shooting a tiny stream of water between the teeth to flush away any food particles or plaque that have been left behind by normal brushing and flossing. Air flossers work in much the same way, except that they shoot small blasts of pressurized air to clean between the teeth. Both a WaterPik and an air flosser come in very handy for folks with dental implants, as well as other dental or orthodontic appliances that make brushing and flossing more of a challenge. While a WaterPik is helpful when having implants it shouldn’t completely replace your daily flossing.
Check In With a Check Up
Of course, the most important thing you can do for your overall dental health whether or not you have a dental implant is to visit your general dentist twice per year for a checkup and cleaning. Your dentist can examine your entire mouth, including your implant, to make sure everything looks good and to spot any problem areas before they become a bigger issue. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth. It is essential to make regular dental appointments for optimal oral health.
The team at Ferrin Periodontics wants you to live your best life with a smile you can be proud of! If you’ve been considering dental implants to replace missing teeth and restore your smile, now’s the time! Call 541-779-4501 today to schedule your consultation.