No other smile restoration offers all the benefits you get with dental implants. They’re the healthiest, most convenient, and most attractive way to restore gaps in your smile created by missing teeth.
Dental implants are custom-crafted to match your smile. That’s why they look fantastic and nobody else has to know they’re not your natural teeth.
Unlike dentures and other restorations, dental implants are the only solution for your missing teeth that enhance your dental health. They achieve this by promoting essential jawbone growth and preventing your remaining natural teeth from shifting around.
Use Gentle Cleaning Products
Another wonderful advantage with dental implants that they’re easy to care for. Basically, you keep them healthy the same way you take care of your natural teeth — by brushing and flossing every day. Rinsing with mouthwash is also a key component of an effective daily home care regimen.
But there’s one important thing to keep in mind when selecting hygiene products for use with your implants. It’s essential to choose gentle products that won’t scratch your porcelain implant crown or the titanium fixture that secures it. You also want to avoid irritating the soft tissue that supports your dental implant.
With this in mind, Dr. Connelly has come up with this guide for finding the best toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss or alternative interdental cleaner for safe use with your dental implants:
- Toothbrush–The most important thing to remember is to choose a toothbrush with soft or extra soft bristles. Research demonstrates that you can effectively care for your implants using either a manual or electric toothbrush as long as you brush for at least two minutes and completely brush all the available surfaces of your teeth.
- Toothpaste–You’ll want to stay away from whitening and stain-removing toothpaste because they contain abrasive ingredients that can scratch your implants or irritate the soft tissue around them. Toothpaste containing any of the following ingredients should also be avoided: baking soda, stannous fluoride, and sodium fluoride.
- Mouthwash–Daily rinsing with mouthwash helps fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. But mouthwash that contains alcohol should not be used with dental implants because it can cause dry mouth and this interferes with your body’s natural ability to fight off dangerous bacteria.
- Dental Floss–Dental floss is the most popular type of interdental cleaner for removing plaque and debris from in between your teeth. Nylon-coated floss or floss that’s designed specifically for use with implants is recommended to avoid irritating the soft tissue around your implants.
- Interdental Brushes–Interdental brushes are an effective alternative to flossing. But metal brushes can damage your implants, so make sure to use one that’s either plastic or plastic-coated.