Cleaning Dental Implants
How do I clean my dental implants?Knowing just what to do and what products to use when cleaning your implants can be tricky. Give us a call today to see what we best recommend for your unique circumstances, but as a general rule of thumb, these are some pretty good steps to follow. For different kinds of implants, there are different kinds of brushes and other products that you can purchase. Each product does a different task and has a different level of effectiveness in their goals. Depending on your implant, you may be recommended a different product.
What are my options?First off, there is your standard toothbrush. This allows general cleaning of the outside of your implants and their attachments, be it bridges or crowns. Make sure you find a good one that fits in the space well to get every possible angle. Then, there are specially made brushes that allow you to get to those hard to reach places that a standard toothbrush simply won't give you access to.
Some of these feature angled necks, differently shaped filaments, or different sized heads with smaller or larger brushes, also possible in different shapes such as circles rather than the traditional brush head shape. There are also single tufted brushes which give you a much more precise cleaning than standard can as well. Single tufts give you access to the hard to reach spots at the bases of your teeth, the smallest crevices between, and with bridges the ability to clean the gaps at the very bottom.
Some brands have these with angled necks as well, and some supply replacement heads too. Another important piece to remember is flossing. This helps to get rid of bacteria that no brush can quite access. It is important to use floss to clean not only where the gums meet the implant, but also the sides of the implant itself.
What happens if I don’t properly clean my implants?When you have implants, it is a lot easier to get infections in the implant site than it would be to get infections with a regular tooth. Without proper care, those infections will begin and accelerate at a rate much more alarming than a regular tooth. This will end with bone loss or implant rejection in the blink of an eye.
If you have any questions about how to properly take care of your implants, give us a call today at South Ogden: (385) 626-0977 Kaysville: (385) 439-0101 and we can help you to get a routine together for your best and happiest mouth today!