A dental implant can strengthen your teeth and improve your smile. If you are planning on getting dental implants, it is important to understand how to treat your implants once they are in place. Getting dental implants is not a process you will want to repeat, so it is important to know how to handle them.
Way #1: Switch Up Your Toothbrush Game
Start by switch your toothbrush to one made with soft nylon bristles or a bamboo toothbrush. If you use a brush that has hard bristles, over time, the bristles can damage your new implants.
Using a soft bristle brush or bamboo brush will allow avoiding damaging your implants, while at the same time, will still effectively remove plaque from your teeth and keep your mouth clean.
Treat your teeth even better by switching to an electronic soft nylon toothbrush, which will help clean and remove more plaque from your teeth than you can achieve manually.
Way #2: Use Sensitive Products
Second, you are going to want to switch to sensitive dental care products. You are going to want to use sensitive dental care products, such a toothpaste, and mouthwash designed for sensitive teeth. These products will be less abrasive and will be a better fit for your implants.
Way #3: Floss Every Day
A very low number of individuals actually floss on a daily basis; however, now that you have dental implants, it is even more important that you floss on a daily basis. You want to avoid plaque accumulating around your dental implant and putting your dental implant at risk.
You should floss twice a day when you brush your teeth. If dexterity is an issue, you can use a floss extender that makes it easier for people to floss. To get yourself in the habit, set a reminder on your phone so you remember to floss! Soon enough, flossing will become a part of your daily habits.
If food is stuck between your teeth, use floss, and don't put anything else in your mouth; that could damage your implant.
Way #4: Stay Away from Hard & Sticky Foods
Your implant is strong, but it is not as strong as a natural tooth. That is why you want to avoid hard and sticky foods that could pull on your implant or chip it. This includes things such as dried fruit, hard candies, uncooked carrots, ice, and really crusty bread. Be careful when you eat hard and sticky foods and limit the amounts you eat. If you do eat hard or sticky food, try to chew with the opposite side of your mouth where your implant is located.
Way #5: See Your Dentist
Now that you have a tooth implant, visiting your dentist twice a year for cleaning and care is not just a suggestion, it is a requirement if you want to protect your dental health. With dental implants, you don't want any other dental health issues to compromise your dental implants. Regular check-ups will help you monitor your overall oral health.
You can help protect your implant by using a soft toothbrush, using products designed for sensitive teeth, flossing every day, and staying away from hard and sticky foods.