Whether you’re missing just one tooth, or several, you probably want to get them replaced as soon as possible. Though your dentist can speak to you about the options available for your current situation, there are two words in dentistry that just might change your life: Dental Implants.
The Importance Of Hygiene
Dental implants look, feel, and act like your own teeth. The best part about implants is that you can treat them like your regular teeth when it comes to caring for them. Truthfully, dental implants problems are few and far between; unless you neglect them.
If the reason behind your tooth loss was poor oral hygiene, it’s time to turn the corner and get on the super-hygiene bus to a healthy mouth. Though dental implants are immune to cavities, they are not immune to plaque accumulation.
Preventing dental implants problems starts with a good brushing protocol. You can use a manual toothbrush, or a fancy electric, but the important thing is not what you brush with, but that you brush at least twice a day. You can use just about any fluoride toothpaste on the market, but we suggest that you avoid toothpastes with abrasives, such as baking soda. These scouring agents can wear away at the material and cause dental implants problems such as a rough exterior or discoloration.
Flossing around your dental implants is a must, as it is with any of your teeth. This will remove any food particles that can get stuck in the gum or base of the implant and prevent dental implants problems down the road. Using unwaxed floss or tape is sometimes the recommendation, but the important thing is that it gets done. Water flossers can be especially helpful in areas around the implant that can be hard to reach and can help prevent gum disease in the surrounding tissue.
Never underestimate the power that good oral hygiene can have on all of your teeth, regardless of how they got there.
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