Caring for Dental Implants
The biggest threat to the long-term success of dental implant treatment is an infection. Dental implants are a big investment. To protect your new smile to ensure it lasts for as long as possible, it is best to maintain your oral hygiene habits. Thankfully, a proactive approach to your oral hygiene will reduce your risk to protect your smile.
- Brush Twice a Day
Just as you do your natural teeth, your dental implant should be brushed at least twice a day to remove food particles and plaque. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean all surfaces of the crown.
- Floss Daily
Brushing is only half the care your dental implant needs. To clean areas missed by your toothbrush, take the time to floss every day. Choose a high-quality dental floss to clean around the abutment and post. This can be a bit difficult for some people. As an alternative, you may find a water flosser to be easier and more effective.
- Visit Your Dentist
Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Besides keeping your new smile looking fantastic, they also check your dental implant to ensure it is functioning as intended. Routine care allows your dentist to detect concerning issues early to provide quick intervention. This lessens the potential for late-term implant failure.
If you have any questions about your existing dental implant care, call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth at 817-361-1999.