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Basics on Cleaning Your Dental Implants

Cleaning is naturally one of the most important topics when it comes to any form of oral care, and this includes not only your natural teeth, but also any dental implants you may receive. Dental implants require cleaning and care to keep them in ideal shape, and while many elements of this care will be similar or even identical to your normal oral care routine, there may be some differences that are also worth noting. 

At Bynum Aesthetic Dentistry, we’re here to provide a wide range of dental implants and other forms of restorative dentistry for patients around Simpsonville, SC, and nearby areas. Here’s a primer on why cleaning dental implants is vital, some of the products you’ll want to consider, and the basic process for cleaning implants – including areas that are similar to your normal teeth, but also those that differ in important ways. 

Why Cleaning Dental Implants is Important

Before we get into the specifics of cleaning dental implants, it’s worth pointing out why this process is so important. Even though your dental implants are artificial teeth, they still require proper care just like natural teeth in order to maintain their appearance and functionality for years to come. 

If you don’t clean your dental implants regularly, bacteria can build up around them and cause infection or even implant failure – which can ultimately lead to expensive and time-consuming replacement treatments. Additionally, regular cleaning also helps prevent plaque buildup, which can cause discoloration and gum disease. 

Products for Cleaning Dental Implants

When it comes to cleaning dental implants, many of the same products you’d use for your natural teeth will work just fine – toothbrushes, dental floss, and mouthwash are all good to use. However, there may be some differences in the specifics of these products. Here are some examples:

  • Low-abrasive toothpaste: In some cases, dental implants may be more sensitive than natural teeth to certain types of toothpaste. Therefore, it’s best to use a low-abrasive toothpaste that won’t damage the implant or its surface.
  • Non-metallic dental floss: Some dental flosses are made with metal fibers that can scratch and damage dental implants. Instead, opt for non-metallic flosses to safely clean around the implant.
  • Antibacterial mouthwash: Using an antibacterial mouthwash can help prevent infection and promote healing around dental implants. However, be sure to avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes, as they can dry out the mouth and potentially damage the implant’s surface.
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush: A soft-bristled toothbrush is gentle on dental implants and won’t scratch or damage the surface. Avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush, as it can cause abrasions and irritation.
  • Use of soft dental picks: Soft dental picks can be used to clean hard-to-reach areas around the implant, such as under the bridge or between teeth. They are gentle and won’t cause damage to the implant.

Basic Process for Cleaning Dental Implants

Now that you know some of the products to consider when cleaning dental implants, let’s go over the basic process for keeping them clean and healthy:

  1. Brush your dental implants twice a day with a low-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  2. Use non-metallic dental floss to clean between the implants and under any bridges or crowns.
  3. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent infection and promote healing.
  4. Consider using soft dental picks to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups to ensure the health of your dental implants. 

Now, as we alluded to above, there may be particular elements of this process that vary depending on your specific implants and the advice of your dentist. That’s why it’s always important to talk with your dental professional about the best way to clean and care for your dental implants. 

This is just another element of our commitment at Bynum Aesthetic Dentistry – we want to make sure patients get the most out of their restorative treatments, whether that involves dental implants or any other option. We’re always standing by to assist and provide guidance, so don’t hesitate to contact us for any of your oral healthcare needs around Simpsonville, SC, or any nearby areas.