After getting dental implant surgery to solve the problem of missing teeth, you’ll want to protect your investment daily. This means you should think carefully when setting up a hygiene regimen that will be effective for, and gentle to, your dental implants.

What are some of the ways you can care for your dental implants at home?

·         Brush with a soft toothbrush. Medium and hard bristle brushes can irritate gums, causing issues. Your goal is to get your gums to form a normal seal around the implants, so be careful and use firm, but not rough, circular motions with a soft bristle brush to clean your teeth.

·         Choose the right toothpaste. Many of our patients who get dental implants in Palm Harbor, FL ask about the best types of toothpaste. In general, it should be a non-abrasive type, which means you should avoid any toothpaste containing baking soda.

·         Start flossing. This is actually important for all your teeth, including your dental implants. If you don’t know the right way to floss, you should know that it’s never too late to learn. At your next dental appointment, ask a hygienist to show you the correct method to cleanse between your teeth. When purchasing dental floss, look for non-waxed varieties.

·         Use a water pik. Water piks are designed to help flush out the bacteria and debris on and in-between the teeth. Like floss, they give your dental implants a thorough clean that you can immediately feel.

·         Rinse with mouthwash. Often, dental implant patients are given mouth rinses and washes that are designed to reduce bacteria breeding grounds. You can also choose a mouthwash that you prefer - just be sure to check with your dentist!

Beyond taking care of your dental implants through maintenance, it’s essential for you to come to your scheduled appointments. These are usually every three to six months and give your dental professionals the opportunity to make sure everything is going well with your dental implants.

The good news is that, barring any issues and with diligence, you can expect your dental implants to last for decades.

Interested in finding out if your hygiene regimen is well-suited for dental implants to last a lifetime? Call our office today for an exploratory consultation with a dentist who has expertise in tooth implant surgeries.