Is Hygiene necessary for Implants?
Oral hygiene maintenance is of utmost importance for dental implants as it is for your natural teeth.
Proper oral care must take place before, during and after implant placement.
Although implants themselves can’t decay, you must clean the bone and gums surrounding
it so as to properly maintain your overall oral health and to increase the lifespan of dental
Use non-abrasive toothpastes & mouthwash, avoid formulas with stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, baking soda, stain removers & smoker’s toothpaste.
Brush implant twice daily with soft toothbrush, it can be manual, electric, sonic, sulcabrush or end tuft brush.
Use nylon coated proxa-brushes or interdental brushes to clean hard to reach areas
You can also use soft picks and rubber tip stimulators.
Metal picks which are available over the counter should be avoided as they can scratch implant surface & create area for bacterial colonization.
When it comes to flossing use un-waxed tape/implant specific floss or select a type that will
not shred or leave particles behind.
Your dentist can also recommend you water flossers and oral irrigators.
Dental implants are huge investment for your oral health and in order to maintain that investment, spend more time on oral care and remember your regular dental visits 3-6 months or as per the dentist’s recommendation.