5 AFTER CARE TIPS FOR YOUR DENTAL IMPLANTS
It is very important that you practice proper oral hygiene habits before, during and after getting dental implants for healthy results and optimal healing. If proper care is not taken there are chances of plaque build-up around the dental implant, causing bleeding gums, gum disease, bone loss, infection and other dental problems which can limit the healing process.
After care tips can be very helpful to make sure your new smile remains healthy and radiant for years to come.
1. Brush Thoroughly
We recommend the use of soft brush which is specially designed for dental implants patients and clean hard-to-reach areas. Make sure the bristles are soft so that it can gently clean the surface of your implant. Brushing 2 to 3 minutes is ideal to remove any plaque that may have formed.
2. Floss Regularly
Flossing your teeth can remove any plaque that remains or that are stuck in-between your teeth. Hence it is recommended that you floss at least once a day so there are no food particles or plaque which can cause all sorts of issues. Make sure to floss gently so that there is no tooth, implant or gum damage.
3. Avoid Sticky or Hard Foods
Eating hard foods can result in damage to implants as well or potentially even to opposing teeth.Avoid eating hard and sticky foods as it can make your dental implant structure weaker. Some of the foods include caramel, ice, hard candy, dry fruit, etc.
4. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking can be very detrimental to the health of dental implants, specifically in the first 6 months as it is healing but also after the implant is fully integrated. Smoking reduced the blood supply to our gums and teeth and bone and this is can be very detrimental to dental implants. Drinking too much alcohol has also been shown to slow the healing process of dental implants.
5. Regular Dental Visits
Visit your dentist regularly, we recommend at least twice a year depending on your overall oral health. Your regular visit can help the dentist maintain the health of dental implant and your overall oral health. Proper dental care is vital to make sure implants last as long as possible.