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Cleaning and Maintaining Dental Implants for Oral Hygiene

In the last years, the demand for dental implants has increased greatly. Not only there are more effective techniques available, but the benefits that implants offer patients have increased as well. Dental implants can enhance appearance, self-esteem, and confidence. In addition, it can improve an individual's ability to masticate and speak properly, and eliminate the necessity for full and partial dentures.

If you are considering dental implants of have done one recently, you should know that, in order to obtain long-term success proper care and maintenance of your dental implants are extremely important.

Focus on Dental Implants Care

To ensure the health of your implant, you will need to keep proper oral care before, during, and after placement of dental implants. Effective oral hygiene around dental implants can be challenging to achieve over the long run, but you together with your dentist and dental hygienist must perform considerable effort to achieve the desired results.

Aside from looking and functioning just like natural teeth, dental implants also need to be cleaned with a toothbrush and tooth past as same as real teeth. Dental floss and interdental brush are helpful tools to use to clean food particles from the space between the teeth. The tongue should also be cleaned, as bacteria can accumulate on its surface.

Characteristics of Dental Implants Care

When cleaning your dental implants, you should take extra care to clean thoroughly and interdental areas where the implants touch the gums. Although dental floss and interdental brush are great for cleaning food particles from the space between the teeth, you need to be careful using them because you can damage the connector, which is created between the implant and the gum.

You should also put attention in cleaning plaque. A mouth irrigator can help you clean plaques in a gently and effective manner. Cleaning plaque is particularly important for dental implants because if it is not removed properly, it can lead inflammation on the gums which can eventually result damage in the bone around the implant.

Preventive Maintenance

Your dentist should give you detailed instructions on how to prevent trauma or infection to the sulcus around your dental implants. You should keep in mind that removing microbial accumulation as soon as possible from the dental implant surfaces and eliminating plaque are vital for long-term dental implants success. Clinical maintenance procedures are also essential. On each visit, your dentist should examine the surface texture, colour, and note any bleeding and inflammation.


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