Missing teeth can negatively affect your oral health and confidence. Fortunately, Jamison Innovative Dentistry offers dental implants to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial roots placed into your jaw to support a dental crown or bridge.
They help give you the confidence to smile and eat whatever you like, secure in the knowledge that your teeth won’t fall out. But even with this added level of security, implants require special care if you want them to last for a lifetime.
Here are tips to take care of dental implants;
1. Floss after every meal
Dental bacteria love to build up on your implants, making them vulnerable to infection. The very best way to prevent this is to floss after every meal. Dental floss has been scientifically proven to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth by up to 50%. When you floss, you remove food particles that would otherwise remain on your teeth and gums, providing a breeding ground for bacteria.
For added protection, you can also use an antibacterial mouthwash. Mouthwash with chlorhexidine has been shown to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth by up to 90%. It is important to remember that mouthwash should not be used as an alternative to dental floss. Mouthwash should be used as an adjunct to regular flossing, not as a replacement.
2. Brush twice a day with a soft bristle brush
The inside of your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Brushing thoroughly and properly will remove most bacteria from your teeth and gums and keep your mouth clean and healthy. You can’t just brush once a day and expect to keep your mouth healthy. You must brush twice daily for at least two minutes each time. You don’t want to miss any parts of your mouth or leave any bacteria behind.
You should brush the same way you would brush your natural teeth. Pay special attention to the areas that are difficult to reach, like the back of your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Brush your implants just like you would brush your natural teeth. Avoid brushing too hard, as this could damage your implants. Instead, use a soft bristle brush.
3. Get regular dental check-ups with your dentist
Your regular dental check-ups aren’t just for your natural teeth. It is important to make sure that your dental implants are healthy too. Your dentist can check to make sure your implants are positioned properly and that they are staying clean. They can also check for signs of infection, which may be harder to spot in implants than in natural teeth. If your dentist finds an issue, they can address it right away. This is the best way to ensure your implants stay healthy and last a lifetime.
Dental implants require a lot of attention. But it is important to remember that dental implants are a fantastic solution for tooth loss. They can help you eat whatever you like—salad or steak—without worrying about hurting your teeth.
Call Jamison Innovative Dentistry to book your appointment for dental implants.