Excellent oral hygiene habits are critical before, during, and after the procedure to prevent complications with dental implants. Plaque can build up around dental implants, resulting in bleeding gums, gum disease, bone loss, infection, and other problems that impede healing. Here are some quick and easy tips about maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come from the team at Temecula Dental Implants.
A softer brush designed especially for implant patients should be used to clean hard-to-reach areas. Use a brush with soft bristles to avoid damage and bleeding that can slow down or prevent healing. To remove plaque, brush for at least five minutes. Twice a day is sufficient, once in the morning and before bed.
You should also ask your dentist to show you proper brushing and flossing techniques. The goal is to avoid damage to your freshly installed implants, learn how to maintain oral hygiene properly, and hopefully reduce the need to visit the dentist often.
Plaque left behind or stuck between your teeth can be removed using floss. Don’t forget to floss every day to eliminate food particles and plaque. Don’t damage your implants, teeth, or gums by doing it incorrectly. For this reason, many people choose a toothbrush over a floss because it is much more comfortable to use. Still, with practice, flossing will ensure a healthier mouth.
Care What You Eat
Using sensitive cleaning products throughout getting dental implants is essential regardless of the kind of toothpaste or mouthwash you use. Avoid foods that can easily get stuck between your teeth, like peanuts or anything that involves heavy chewing during the initial few days after you get implants. As a precaution, do not use mouthwashes with intense flavors, such as mint or cinnamon.
In some instances, hard foods can damage implants or even neighboring teeth. To prevent this from happening, eat soft and chewy foods. Avoid hard candy, chocolate, and caramel.
Avoid Alcohol And Cigarettes
The health of dental implants can be compromised by smoking and drinking, especially in the first six months while the implant heals, but it can also affect them in the long run. As a result, dental implants can be adversely affected by reducing blood supply to our gums, teeth, and bones. Too much alcohol consumption can also slow down the healing process of dental implants.
Schedule Dentist Checkups
It is essential to visit your dentist regularly, at least twice a year, preferably more if you experience frequent dental problems. Your oral health and the implant will both benefit from regular dental examinations. Dental implants would last forever if properly maintained in an ideal world. You can never start too late to take good care of them. Have your dentist check your dental implants and oral hygiene, and let them give you proper advice.
You need to take good care of the implants to keep them for many years to come, and the more you do,, the better your outcome will be.
What Not To Do
Even though implants are designed to resist damage and provide strong protection against wear and tear, there are many ways to ruin them and shorten the lifespan of your implant.
You need to avoid certain bad habits to avoid severe damage to your implant. Do not chew hard candy, ice, or bubblegum. Many people like to put pencils in their mouths and chew on them. This is wrong. If you grind your teeth when you sleep, your dentist may recommend a nightguard.