Best Hygiene for Dental Implants

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Published on: March 23, 2012

Dental implants are designed to look and function like your natural teeth and, for the most part, care of your implants is the same as it is for natural teeth. A good oral hygiene regimen at home, coupled with regular checkups by Dr. Seal, should help you retain your implants for many years—perhaps throughout life. The integrity of your dental implants is dependent upon healthy tissue in the gums and jawbone, and the following oral hygiene measures will increase your chances of successful long-term results.

At-Home Oral Care

You should brush and floss your natural teeth at least twice a day, and the same is true for your dental implants. Use a soft toothbrush to clean all surfaces of your teeth, paying special attention to the gumline. Dr. Seal may recommend a special toothbrush or interdental brush to clean around the abutments of your implants. Dr. Seal will instruct you on what type of floss to use and how to work it between the teeth and around the abutments.

Regular Dental Checkups

Routine dental checkups are vitally important for all patients, but if you have dental implants, Dr. Seal must examine you at least every six months to ensure that your implants are in good condition. At your checkup, he will make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene at home and determine if your jawbone and gum tissue are still healthy and supporting the implants well.

Good Oral Habits

To maintain the integrity of your dental implants, you should eliminate bad habits that may compromise the health of your gum tissue or cause your crowns or dentures to break. Avoid chewing on hard substances that may harm your artificial teeth; for instance, don’t crack a pecan between your teeth and don’t chew on pen caps. In addition, avoid using tobacco products. Smoking decreases blood flow to the gums, and smokeless tobacco causes gums to recede, both of which can lead to periodontal disease and decrease the potential for success of your dental implants.

For more information on proper oral hygiene with dental implants, visit Dallas prosthodontist Dr. Greg Seal for a consultation. Contact our office today at (214) 361-0883. With over 25 years’ experience as a North Dallas prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Seal serves residents in the Katy Trail and SMU areas, as well as Highland Park, University Park, and the neighboring communities.