Oral hygiene key to cosmetic maintenance of dental implants after treatment in Dayton
It is interesting that dental implants are considered a cosmetic treatment, when their primary purpose is to replace a missing tooth or teeth. As more people discover the freedom that comes with this form of restorative care, they are finding the investment into their smile rewards them for their entire life. Part of making sure that the cosmetic as well as functional results of dental implants lasts is maintaining excellent oral hygiene. This will include both at-home care and professional care in our Dayton practice.
Oral hygiene is the key to optimal oral health for all of us. When missing teeth have been replaced with dental implants, whether one or a few, or all teeth, it could be tempting to assume that no special care is needed for maintenance since all of the materials used in dental implants are resistant to decay. The truth is, while concern over tooth decay becomes a thing of the past, dental implants do need healthy gum and bone tissue to remain strong and functional for a lifetime of wear. Therefore, oral hygiene simply takes on new meaning – the promotion of gum health to avoid the development of gum disease.
After dental implants have been placed, patients are encouraged to continue with their normal oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing every day. These two practices are highly important, as they remove harmful bacteria from the mouth, reducing the risk of toxic waste weakening gum tissue. Brushing takes time and effort, not just a quick brush-over. This task should be performed for two minutes each time, with every tooth being addressed. To keep crowns in their best condition, non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush is most suitable.
Some people, in their commitment to oral hygiene, may brush too aggressively. This habit is easily created, but should be broken as soon as possible. In recent years, dentists have begun to see what we now call “toothbrush abrasion” in patients who are trying to get their teeth as clean as possible. Brushing harder does not remove more bacteria, and can damage the connective tissues that provide support to dental implants. To keep teeth and gums healthy, simply brush gently and follow up with flossing and an anti-bacterial mouthwash.
Dental implants are intended to replace a missing tooth or teeth permanently. With adequate oral hygiene, these prosthetic appliances will indeed last a lifetime. To learn more about the dental implant process or learn how to care for teeth and gums, contact our office.
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