Dental Implant Care: Tips and Tricks for Long-Lasting Results
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
One of the most important things you can do to care for your dental implants is to practice good oral hygiene. This consists of brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss at least once daily and use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods
While dental implants are designed to be durable, they can still be damaged by hard or sticky foods. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, or anything that could damage your implants. Sticky foods like caramel or chewing gum can also be problematic, as they can stick to your implants and cause damage.
Smoking can negatively impact oral health and increase your risk of implant failure. If you’re a smoker, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your dental health. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation programs or products to help you quit.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular dental checkups are essential for everyone, especially with dental implants. Your dentist can monitor the health of your implants and identify any issues before they become more serious. They can also perform a professional cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that could harm your implants.
Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
When brushing your teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your implants or causing gum irritation. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can scratch the surface of your implants and cause them to wear down over time.
Consider a Water Flosser
If you find flossing around your dental implants difficult, consider investing in a water flosser. These devices use a jet of water to clean between your teeth and around your implants, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Protect Your Implants
If you participate in contact sports or other activities where your mouth is at risk of injury, we recommend protecting your implants with a mouthguard. A mouthguard can help prevent damage to your implants and keep them in great shape for years to come.