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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
April 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Take care of your dental implants and they will take care of you for a lifetime.

You’ve probably heard many people say that dental implants are similar to natural teeth. While they do offer a major aesthetic Dental Implantsadvantage over other tooth replacement options, they still need a little TLC when it comes to at-home care. Your West Hartford dentist gives you the scoop on what taking care of your dental implants really entails.

Why is cleaning natural teeth and dental implants different?

While dental implants are meant to take the place of the missing tooth’s roots, they still don’t connect to the bone and gums the same way that a natural tooth does. You may need to change your oral regime a bit to accommodate your new teeth.

Why cleaning dental implants is important?

Keeping dental implants clean is just as important as it is for natural teeth. When you don’t clean your teeth often enough, plaque and bacteria will start to collect on your teeth and along the gumline. This same plaque will also build up on your dental implants each day. It’s vitally important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Better yet, aim to brush your teeth three times a day, or after every meal.

If plaque collects on your implant, an infection known as peri-implantitis can set in, which can cause you to lose it. So brush carefully and often!

How do I care for my dental implants?

Because dental implants are man-made, they are more prone to scratches than natural teeth. You may want to consider ultrasonic toothbrushes with soft bristles to minimize damage. Electronic brushes also offer the right amount of force and pressure to effectively clean your implant and the rest of your natural teeth.

You should also floss at least once a day, preferably before you brush. Dental implants are durable, so don’t worry about really getting in between your teeth for a thorough cleaning each day.

No matter how meticulous you are when it comes to caring for your dental implant, you still need to see your West Hartford dentist routinely for cleanings, maintenance and exams. This is the only way to tell that your implant is still healthy. If it’s time for your upcoming dental cleaning call the dental office of Drs. Bradbury & Amato today.