Choosing the Right Home Care Products for Your Dental Implants
If you’ve already restored your smile with dental implants, you know what a terrific option they are. Dental implants look fantastic while protecting the health of your remaining teeth by filling in the gaps in your smile. This prevents your teeth from sliding around, which can lead to complications such as gum disease.
Another nice thing about dental implants is that they never need to be removed for cleaning because they are part of your smile, just like your natural teeth. But you still need to care for your implants.
Caring for Your Implants
Dental hygiene is geared around providing preventive rather than reactive care. With dental implants, this is especially important. To enjoy your new smile restoration to it’s full potential, preventive care is focused on protecting new implants and vulnerable tissue from peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the soft tissue around your dental implants. When left untreated, it can compromise the longevity of the implant, ultimately requiring removal.
In order to protect your new smile investment, it’s important that patient adopt and follow effective oral hygiene routines at home. It’s also important that patients visit Dr. Griffin for checkups at least twice a year. The biggest difference is that you want to select oral care products that are gentle on both your smile and your implants.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Research suggests that both power and manual toothbrushes are effective for cleaning around dental implants. But there’s a consensus in the literature that recommends toothbrushes with soft or extra soft bristles “as a means to clean the surface of a titanium implant safely.”
You want to avoid abrasive toothpaste that could damage or scratch the implant. That’s why our Florence implant dentist recommends avoiding the following types of toothpaste:
- Smoker’s toothpaste
- Stain-removing toothpaste
- Toothpaste containing stannous fluoride, baking soda, or sodium fluoride
Choosing the Right Mouthwash and Interdental Cleaner
It’s best to use antimicrobial mouthwash with dental implants. Mouthwash is most effective around implants when it’s used in conjunction with a rubber tip stimulator.
Interdental cleaners are devices such as dental floss that clean the tight spaces between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. If you floss, choose either a nylon-coated or implant-specific brand. Nylon coated interdental brushes “are also an excellent alternative” for cleaning “around implants.”
Many patients find oral irrigators to be a gentle and effective interdental cleaning option. Studies suggest that Waterpik is the only type of interdental cleaner “proven safe and effective with dental implants.”
Your Implant Dentist in Florence, SC
If you haven’t already discovered the many benefits of dental implants, call today to arrange your consultation with Dr. Griffin. Your new smile is waiting.