Oral hygiene is important for dental implants longevity. Special attention should be need to be given to oral hygiene post surgery. Ensure following these tips to keep your dental implants functional for long:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This will ensure the prevention of growth of bacteria and protection of your teeth from tooth decay and other oral diseases. Over a 1000 bacteria and viruses have been found in the mouth. Electric brushes have been shown to both clean more thoroughly and take less time. This is one of the most profound changes I have seen in 31 years of placing implants.
Flossing should become a part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing will remove food debris in between the teeth and implants. This prevents the growth of harmful bacteria and checks the development of tooth decay and gum disease. A water pik water flosser may be a suitable substitute if your dental hygienist recommends one.
It is important having the dental implants checked regularly. Regular dental examinations ensure that your dentist knows about the development of implants and gives coaching on how to avoid the serious problems. This also helps to identify any problems and deal with them early.
Regular teeth cleaning by a professional is very much needed for teeth and gum health. Ensure that your teeth are professionally cleaned 4 times a year during the first year once the implant is placed. We recommend quarterly cleaning intervals initially to help establishing habits helping to keep soft tissues healthy. After that, your dental hygienist will let you know how frequent you need to have your teeth cleaned. This varies considerably between patients and also ensures thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums and prevents the development of gum disease.
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