A dental implant from Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH can restore normal biting and chewing ability, to say nothing of restoring your smile. It’s critical to remember that good oral hygiene will ensure that your new replacement tooth will last a lifetime.
The health of your gums is as important as ever. The gum tissue around the implant should be pink and firm. The long-term success of the dental implant depends on healthy gums.
If you haven’t already, you should establish a daily cleaning routine and never veer away from it. We’ll have specific information for you when you receive your new implant, but here are some general tips to bear in mind:
- Low-abrasive products. Whether it’s toothpaste or gel, make sure that whatever you use to clean your dental implant is not abrasive. Avoid any products that contain stannous fluoride, baking soda, or things identified as stain-removers. Do not use smoker’s toothpaste. Always read labels carefully!
- Soft-bristle toothbrush. Whether you prefer a manual toothbrush, an electric, or a sonic, make sure the toothbrush head has soft bristles. Brush the implant twice a day.
- Interdental brushes. These are good for cleaning tight spaces. Some of them, however, are nylon bristles attached to wire. Avoid them. Look for ones made entirely of nylon. Otherwise, you could scratch the artificial tooth.
- Dental floss. Flossing remains important! There are implant-specific types of floss (we can recommend one). Unwaxed dental tape is also a good choice.
- Water flossers. These are an excellent way to clean the implant, and are recommended. They remove plaque and get into hard-to-reach places. Use one with a non-metal tip.
- Mouth rinses. Finally, anti-microbial mouth rinses are a good idea. They can fight inflammation, and are good to use if you have any dexterity issues.