The dental implants are expensive investments and need to be protected. In order to better maintain them and avoid complications such as the rejection of the implant, dentists insist on impeccable oral hygiene. Extra effort is needed to clean the teeth and the entire inside of the mouth to remove dental plaque daily. Poor hygiene will make it more difficult for implant dentists to retrieve and replace the rejected implant.
Some very simple prevention measures make it possible to take care of your dental implants and avoid any complications.
Brushing and deep care in everyday life
The dental implants can be seriously damaged by the abundance of bacteria in the mouth. Without a cleaning routine properly performed on a daily basis, these bacteria can proliferate around the implant which will lead to a loss of bone mass that will lead to the loss of the implant itself.
Careful brushing should be done twice a day and for a period of at least two minutes to avoid plaque formation.
A toothbrush with soft bristles
The best way to clean your implants depends on the stage of your treatment and you should seek the advice of your dentist once the implant is in place. A few days after the insertion of the implant, you will be able to use a very soft toothbrush to delicately clean the areas surrounding the implant. Thereafter, it will be necessary to use an inter-dental brush, specifically designed to clean the spaces between the teeth.
It is recommended that people who have had a dental implant use an antibacterial toothpaste for their daily brushing. These toothpastes will prevent the formation of dental plaque and thus the accumulation of bacteria on the teeth. The use of this type of toothpaste will also prevent inflammation of the gums which leads to a loss of bone tissue around the implant and then question the stability of the latter.
An antibacterial mouthwash
If your implants are new, some sensations or pain may not make you want to touch this area with a foreign object. However, it is still necessary to prevent plaque buildup. Your dentist will then recommend an antibacterial gel or mouthwash that will remove the bacteria and prevent them from nestling in your mouth.
When the area of the implant will be a little less sensitive, you can use the mouthwash along with an antibacterial toothpaste.
Use a dental floss
Flossing is another way to effectively clean your teeth and dental implants. The wire then allows to eliminate food particles and therefore the plates between your teeth and around your implants. It must be used every day and at any time after treatment to keep the gums healthy and prevent the proliferation of bacteria that cause plaque formation.
Consult the dentist regularly
Microsites and peri-implantitis that result from infections due to poor dental hygiene after an implant can develop. This is why it is very important to schedule regular visits to the dentist and not to neglect his or her oral hygiene.
These check-ups must be done every six months so that the dentist can examine your teeth and clean the parts that may be hard to reach when brushing.
In addition, if you have signs like red and painful gums call your dentist without delay.
Stop smoking permanently
If you have just implanted dental implants, smoking increases the risk of complications. Tobacco is bad for the gums because it restricts the blood flow in the blood vessels. It then increases the risk of inflammation and peri-implantitis which will then question the stability of the implant.