How to Care for Your Pearland Dental Implants
Providing dental implants is a routine procedure we perform at our Pearland Dentist. Although it is considered a restorative dentistry procedure due to its ability to help prevent bone loss and facial collapse by replacing a missing tooth, our comfortable implants also serve a cosmetic function because, as a replacement tooth the implant revives your smile and offers a natural appearance. Here is what our Pearland cosmetic dentists recommend in order for you to properly maintain and care for your dental implants.
Brush Your Teeth With a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
It is now common knowledge that we must brush our teeth twice a day. If you have one or more dental implants, we urge you to switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush if you don’t already use one because they are more gentle on the gums, yet effectively remove plaque build-up. Manual toothbrushes are effective when used correctly, but if you want to invest a little more money for less work, then you may benefit from an electric toothbrush for a deeper clean with less effort. Just make sure the brush head is made of soft bristles.
Brush Your Teeth With A Non-Abrasive Toothpaste
Just as important as the type of bristles you use is the kind of toothpaste you use. Our Pearland cosmetic dentists recommend a non-abrasive toothpaste. Be sure to avoid ingredients such as baking soda, which are commonly found in whitening toothpastes. These can scratch the surface of your implant crown and wear it down, potentially causing infection.
Use Implant-Friendly Dental Floss
Flossing must be done nightly, so make sure you utilize unwaxed floss, dental implant floss, or dental crown floss. These are all suitable for implants because they succeed at getting into hard-to-reach spots. This floss will also ensure you get all the plaque underneath the porcelain crown, ensuring you don’t risk an infection.
Most Importantly, Remember Your Semiannual Dental Cleanings
As always, it is important that you continue to come in for your regular cleanings. This will help us ensure your Pearland dental implant is in good condition and offer a deeper cleaning than what you get at home.
Our Pearland Cosmetic Dentists Will Happily Advise You on Dental Implant Care
If you have had dental implant surgery, please request an appointment with us so we can check how you are healing and perform a teeth cleaning. We will also educate you on the best ways to brush your teeth and floss so we can keep your smile full and healthy.