Clean Your Teeth Properly
With dental implants, you will have to clean them regularly as you would natural teeth. This means brushing at least twice daily and flossing every day. Brush using toothpaste approved by your Boston implant dentist. Some toothpaste might be too abrasive for some implant restorations. Remember, dental implants can’t get cavities. You still want to remove dental plaque, though, because it can turn into unattractive deposits and can contribute to gum disease, which can lead to implant loss.
When flossing, make sure you get around the implant and clean it thoroughly. If you’re having trouble, consult your Boston implant dentist about tools to make it easier. For some people, this might be something as simple as a floss threader, which helps you floss where you need it. You might also consider using a water flosser and/or interdental brushes, which can be easier to use and more effective.
If your implant denture is removable, take it out for cleaning. Soak it periodically in an approved cleaner to make sure you get it clean without damaging it.
When cleaning your implants, give them a quick inspection. Let your dentist know if you have red, inflamed, or painful tissue around your implants. Also, let them know if an implant seems to be loose. Natural teeth can have a little healthy wiggle, but dental implants should be held firmly in place.