If you want your dental implants to last you a lifetime, here’s how to take care of them.
You finally decided it was time to get dental implants at the Murphy Dental Group in Milton. Congratulations on the first step to getting a healthy smile. However, in order to maintain it you will need to know how to properly care for your implants. While your Milton dentists will have given you a laundry list of techniques for caring for your implants, it can be easy to forget. Here are some simple but helpful tips for keeping implants healthy.
Brush regularly: Just as you would your natural teeth, you still need to brush your implant(s) regularly. While you might be wondering if there is a certain toothbrush that is best for cleaning your implants, research studies have found that there are no differences between using a manual or electric toothbrush, so choose whichever one is comfortable for you.
You should be brushing twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each. Also use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be sure to change your brush every three to four months, to ensure you always get the proper cleaning from your toothbrush.
Don’t forget to floss: Flossing is a major component of keeping your teeth and gums clean; however, it’s rare for many patients to floss routinely. If you want to keep your implants healthy, then you’ll want to pull out the floss each day.
We recommend cleaning your implants with unwaxed floss or floss that is implant-specific, to protect the health of the gums around the implant. You can also opt for water flossers, which are great for reducing gum inflammation and plaque. They can also be great for reaching difficult spots around implants.
See your dentist routinely: You should always see your Milton dentist every six months for a preventive checkup. During these visits, we will examine the health of your teeth and gums, as well as make sure that your implant is healthy and free of damage. Sometimes we are unaware of the problems that lurk in our mouths. This is why you need to come in every six months for care. Even if your implant feels great, you will want to keep up with your appointments regardless.
Is it time for your six-month checkup? Interested in getting dental implants in Milton? Find out if implants are right for your smile. Contact the Murphy Dental Group today to schedule an appointment.