It’s important to stay on top of your oral hygiene even before dental implant placement is achieved. This ensures the health of your implant. But it does take a little more effort and dexterity to effectively maintain implant hygiene.
Toothbrushes should be soft. As far as general oral hygiene is concerned, what style of toothbrush (sonic, electric, manual) you use doesn’t make all that much difference. These will all effectively clean your dental implants, though if you’d like a more polished look without having to do as much work as with the manual brush, go with the sonic or electric. What matters most is the adaptation of the patient to the prosthesis.
With flossing, it takes a little more dexterity to care for implants, especially if you have more than one (or even a full set of implants). You’ll still have to brush twice daily to remove all bacterial
plaque. Use a low-abrasive dentifrice (fancy word for toothpaste) and a soft-headed brush.
Nylon coated interdental brushes are strongly encouraged. These brushes and proxabrushes are a nice tool to clean those really hardtoreach areas around the implants and also the prosthesis. Use an unwaxed tape dental floss, or a brand of floss specific to implants. Either of these will protect the valuable tissue around your implant.
The act of flossing dental implants is a bit different, too. You have to wrap the floss in a circle around your teeth and cross the ends in front, switch ends in your hands and floss in a shoeshining sort of motion, making sure you hit the peri-implant crevice. This protects you against inflammation and periimplant disease brought on by biofilm (nebulous word for thin, slimy layer of bacteria).
On top of taking care of yourself and your oral health, it’s still important to schedule a consultation with Bedford