If you are considering obtaining dental implants, you should know the importance of efficient care and maintenance so that the treatment lasts permanently, as it should be. The care routine you must follow begins from the first minute you leave our offices at Bijan Family Dental Practice.
Use A Soft Brush
The first thing patients should do after getting dental implants is change their toothbrushes. Nylon toothbrushes are usually recommended, as they are foldable and gentle on them. Avoid hard brushes that can scrape your implants, as well as any metal instrument to clean your mouth. Also, make sure to floss at least twice a day.
Avoid Abrasive Products
Whether it is toothpaste or mouthwash, you must be careful of the quality of the products you buy and use. They must be specific for sensitive teeth, and you must also avoid aggressive tools, as they can cause extreme damage to your implants. Similarly, you should avoid flavored products, such as cinnamon or mint, which can cause you great discomfort - especially during the first days post-op.
Rigorous hygiene of your teeth is necessary in order to care for your implants. You must avoid at all costs the accumulation of bacterial plaque around them to keep the risk of infection to a minimum. The good thing is that there are specialized dental threads for implants, so that you do not have any kind of difficulty when performing your routine.
If you need help not forgetting to floss, you can try placing a reminder or alarm on your smartphone, so you can carry out your routine even if you are busy. In the same way, you can keep dental floss in your car or your purse, so that you have it close wherever you go.
It is recommended to floss while you are in your free time, so you can dedicate all your concentration to such an important task. The crucial thing is that you maintain rigorous flossing no matter the circumstances.
Avoid Foods That Are Too Hard or Sticky
Eating hard and sticky foods will damage your implants over time, as will the adjacent teeth. We recommend that you avoid chewing ice, as it is too hard for both your implants and your natural teeth. In the same way, you should avoid candies, which are sticky and will make your cleaning routine more complicated. Nuts, toasted tacos, hard gum, French fries, meat, apples, and carrots are other foods that are better to be avoided.
Your role in the care and maintenance of your dental implants is extremely important, as well as ours at Bijan Family Dental Practice. Implants are a highly effective treatment, but they require a well-executed protocol in order to last for a lifetime. If you have any questions regarding the care of your implants, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling at (714) 421-4494.