If you lose your natural teeth, dental implants are a good replacement option. Whether they are placed in the bone (endosteal) or on it (subperiosteal) it is essential that you take good care of these fittings for them to serve you well. Here are a several ways to look after your dental implants.
• Brush Them Just as Well
Dental implants require regular brushing just like natural teeth. Do it twice a day and use mouthwash at least once a day to ward off bacteria and plaque formation.
• Use the Right Toothpaste
When cleaning the implants, it's necessary to know the best type of toothpaste to use. Do not use any toothpaste that contains sodium chloride, stain removers or baking soda. These constituent elements will scratch any surface of the dental implant that is exposed leading to possible damage. Whatever toothpaste you use ought to be low abrasive.
• Avoid Taking Hot Drinks or Foods
Hot foods or drinks and dental implants don't interact well. When you consume any hot food or drink there, is a risk of the heat transferring to the metal part of the implant via the gum tissue. When this heat gets to the implant, it damages the tissue around it which in turn weakens. This can lead to inability of holding the implant in place. The best way to tell if its too hot to eat or drink is to check whether it singes your tongue.
• Clean Them Professionally Twice a Year
With daily use of your implants, there is residue that will collect between the caps of the implant and also on them. Visiting a professional for implant cleaning twice per year ensures that such residue is eliminated. They will also assess your implants and the surrounding tissue with each visit and advice on how to better care for them.
• Floss Correctly
The best type of floss to use with dental implants is one that contains no wax. You can also use floss specific to your type of implant. Water flossers will also work. Where there are multiple implants, a threader might best serve the purpose. Always ensure the floss doesn't touch the gum as the membrane present at the bottom of natural teeth is no longer there.
You don't have to lose daily oral functions if you no longer have your natural teeth. Dental implants step in to help you carry on. Understanding how to best care for your implants will help prolong their lifespan.