Dental implants offer a remarkable resemblance to natural teeth and are a superior solution for replacing missing teeth. At San Mateo Dental Care, led by Dr. Glenn Belen, we understand the importance of proper care for dental implants. Just like natural teeth, implants require diligent maintenance. This guide will provide essential tips for maintaining oral hygiene with dental implants to prevent complications such as peri-implantitis.
Brushing: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean around your implants. It’s recommended to brush at least twice daily for two minutes. An interdental brush or implant-specific brush can be more effective for cleaning around implants.
Flossing: Daily flossing is essential. Use unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss to remove plaque and food particles from around the implant and under the gumline.
Non-abrasive Toothpaste: Select a non-abrasive toothpaste that won’t scratch the surface of your implants. Avoid toothpastes with harsh ingredients like baking soda or stain removers.
Routine dental check-ups and cleanings are crucial. At San Mateo Dental Care, we focus on monitoring your implants to ensure the health of your gums and bones. Professional cleanings are imperative to remove any plaque or tartar buildup.
Quit Smoking: Smoking can significantly impede the healing process and negatively affect the health of your implants. For quitting resources, visit the CDC’s Tobacco and Smoking page.
Limit Staining Foods and Beverages: Coffee, tea, red wine, and other staining substances can discolor the crown of your implant.
Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods: These foods can damage both natural teeth and dental implants.
Integrating an alcohol-free, antibacterial mouthwash into your daily routine can help reduce bacteria and inflammation, protecting both your natural teeth and implants.
Caring for your dental implants is vital for their longevity and your overall oral health. Remember, with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. If you have any concerns or questions about dental implant care, don’t hesitate to contact San Mateo Dental Care at (650) 344-7500. We are committed to ensuring that your implants and overall oral health remain in excellent condition.
For additional information on dental implant care, the American Dental Association offers comprehensive guidelines and resources.