If you’ve spent a considerable amount of money and time trying to replace your missing teeth, it is probably a good idea to maintain your dental implants. Usually, implants are not covered by insurance and you have to visit your dentist a couple of times to get the job done.
As a premium implant service, we consider it important to tell our customers how to maintain their implants. Here are a few tips:
Good oral hygiene is important
When you were a kid, your aunt donna might have given you a couple of lessons on oral hygiene. Guess what? Oral hygiene is still as important as it was when you were younger – but this time you have to do all the work yourself.
What happens when you don’t brush and floss regularly? Yellow-teeth, bad breath and cavity. Bacteria mixes up with food particles and white blood cells to form plaque – which breaks or weakens tooth enamel. Plaque, if left unattended, converts into tartar which may cause periodontal disease.
If you are wondering what is periodontal disease and whether it is serious? Periodontal disease results in bleeding and swollen gums. If you do not visit your dentist soon after the symptoms, the disease may spread to your jaw bones.
Visit your dentist regularly
You need to visit your dentist frequently to get a check-up and to get your teeth cleaned. Your dentist will check if there is tartar inside your mouth – you can’t simply remove it through brushing and flossing. If tartar is left unattended it may cause various oral diseases.
Your dentist will also check spaces between your gums. Spaces are shallow in healthy gums, deeper in unhealthy gums.
Floss and brush regularly
Remember, plaque is always forming on your teeth – so, at home, you need to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Use a good mouth rinse to clean your mouth after drinking tea or eating something.
It is quite important to clean the space between your teeth
Most people use a tooth pick to remove any food particles which might get stuck during eating. What they are unaware of is that tooth picks are ineffective and can in some cases be harmful. If food gets stuck between your teeth quite often, you may have crooked teeth or cavity inside your mouth.
If you feel the gaps between your teeth are quite large, use an interdental brush – which is a mini bottle brush and is available in various sizes.
If you don’t take care of oral hygiene – there can be serious complications – for example, you may lose your implants and your dentist may never be able to repair them again.
If you are a smoker, your implants are at risk. Smoking also causes damaged teeth and gums – so, stop smoking immediately.
It is not advisable to brush your teeth immediately after the implant as the wound is sensitive – use an anti bacterial mouthwash instead. Once your dentist places the crown, start brushing the way you used to.
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