Dental implant products have made a world of difference in the smiles of many people. They replace missing teeth with a product that is stable, looks natural, and will last many years. The proper care of your dental implant products will directly reflect how long these items look great in your mouth.
Dental implant products can be severely damaged by an abundance of bacteria in the mouth. If you do not perform proper daily oral hygiene routines this bacteria can develop quickly on the implant, and around the implants. The bacteria can lead to a loss of bone that will result in the loss of the implant itself.
If you have dental implant products you should do everything you can to stop smoking any tobacco products. Smoking is very harmful to your gums because it restricts the blood flow through the blood vessels. People who have the implants and continue to smoke are at greater risk of developing peri-implantitis, a severe inflammation of the gums surrounding the implant. This disease often results in a loss of bone from the jawbone, which can mean a loss of the implant.
It is recommended that people with implants use an antibacterial toothpaste for their daily brushing. The antibacterial toothpaste will help to kill the bacteria that results in plaque building up on your teeth. Be sure that you brush your teeth at least twice each day, and remember that a thorough tooth brushing will take at least 2 minutes to perform.
If your implants are brand new and still sensitive, you may not be able to brush that portion of your mouth. Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help kill any bacteria that might be lingering in this area of the mouth. You can continue to use the antibacterial mouthwash in conjunction with the antibacterial toothpaste when your implant becomes less sensitive.
You have to floss your teeth in order to get all of the particles of food out of your mouth. You should floss after every meal, but most people only floss twice a day. Do not skip flossing after you get an implant. You may have to refrain from flossing around the implanted tooth until the area is completely healed, but remember that flossing helps to stop plaque build-up, and plaque build-up is a serious problem if you have implants.
You must get your regular dental check-ups every six months in order to maintain your implants. If you have any problems between the times for your regularly scheduled check-ups do not hesitate to call your dentist and make an earlier appointment. Red or painful gums can be a sign of something worse trying to happen, do not ignore the signs of pain.
These implants are costly, and since you invested the time, and the money, it took to get them placed in your mouth, you owe it to yourself to take the best care of them that you can. Your smile is part of your good looks, but your oral health is part of your total health. Take good care of your mouth.