Approximately 3 million people in the U.S. have dental implants — and that number is expected to grow by 500,000 per year. With the procedure and tooth replacement option ever increasing in popularity, it is important for patients to know the basics about dental implants, including the basics of dental implant care. After meeting with an implant dentist and having the treatment, what do patients need to do to keep their implants looking like new?
Drink A Lot Of Water
Patients who have recently gotten dental implants need to be especially careful about dental and oral health. That means more than just routine teeth cleaning. In other words, patients should always, always brush at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Also keep in mind what foods are and aren’t best for teeth. Limit sugary foods, and avoid foods like popcorn and sticky candies that can easily get stuck in the nooks and crannies of your mouth. No matter what you eat, drink several glasses of cold water every day. Stray food particles can get stuck in your gum line, infecting your gums and/or implants. Drinking plenty of water will help prevent that.
One Word: Floss
Flossing daily is also very important. Moreover, “it is highly recommended to use unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss in order to protect the tissue surrounding the implant,” RDH Magazine writes.
Invest In An Oral Irrigator
Finally, don’t just floss. Do one better. Instead of just flossing and teeth cleaning, implant dentists and laser dentists recommend investing in oral irrigators or water flossers. These tools will use water and pressure to get those hard-to-reach areas. “Water irrigation in conjunction with diluted non-antimicrobial rinse has proven to be extremely helpful for full-fixed and removable prostheses to remove daily biofilm and prevent inflammation if used on a daily basis,” RDH Magazine adds.
After having laser dentistry, implant dentistry, or even braces for adults, patients should be especially proactive about teeth cleaning and implant care. Keep implants refreshingly clean by drinking plenty of water, using implant-specific floss, and preventing inflammation and infection with an oral irrigator.