Dental Implant Cleaning Tools Overview
In general, dental implants simply need similar care to natural teeth: a regular oral health routine that includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing. However, adding tools to your regime can help ensure optimal long-term gum and implant health. Here are your best options for oral care after implants:
- Toothbrush. After many decades, the toothbrush remains the best tool for daily teeth cleanings for both those with natural teeth and those with crowns or implants. Studies have shown that manual toothbrushes work on implants just as well as electric brushes and sonic brushes. It is important to use extra soft bristles to avoid damage to your new teeth. Brush twice a day or after each meal.
- Oral irrigator. This device is second only to your toothbrush in value and is a must have for every patient with an All-on-4 bridge. Also known as a water pick or water flosser, this is a device that uses jets of water to clean in and around the teeth and implants. Used once or twice a day, these flossers have been shown to help fight bleeding gums, inflammation, and gingivitis. Choose an oral irrigator that has a rubber, not a metal tip, and speak to your dentist about adding a possible antimicrobial solution to the device.
- Interdental brush. An interdental brush, also called a proxabrush, can be very useful in cleaning hard to reach areas in and around your implants. You may add an antibacterial cleanser to the tip of the brush to aid in cleaning. Be sure to only use a nylon interdental brush so that metal wires do not scratch your implants. It is also important to only use a proxabrush in areas where it can be inserted easily. Forcing it into tight spaces may cause your gums to recede around your implants.
- Floss. Use floss only at the direction of your dentist. Using floss under a typical All-on-4 bridge, may injure the gum tissue if used incorrectly or in an area where other options would be more appropriate. If your dentist recommends using floss, choose an unwaxed floss or a floss made specifically for those with dental implants. For certain types of implants, you may need a floss threader to reach difficult areas.
- Mouthwash. Mouthwash is proven to kill bacteria in the mouth, decrease gum inflammation, and promote overall oral health. Choose an antimicrobial rinse to use twice a day in conjunction with brushing and flossing. Mouthwash may be an especially important step for those with implants who have dexterity issues or those with implants who have hard-to-reach areas of their mouth.
All-on-4 Dental Implants At Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery
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