Now that you have a dental implant, proper oral hygiene has become one of your top priorities. How long the dental implant can last, and how long your new, artificial tooth will continue to fulfil its function depends first and foremost on how clean you keep your mouth. This is why oral hygiene tips are now essential for the longevity of the rest of your teeth, not just your dental implant. Below is a description of oral hygiene with your new dental prosthesis, what to look out for, and how to clean your teeth.
Right after you receive your dental implant, you need to go back to the dentist regularly. In the first couple of months you may need to go more often, so the dentist can make sure that everything is going well and your body is not having trouble accepting the implant. This is absolutely necessary for the health of your dental implant. After that, going to your six month check-ups becomes mandatory, as the dentist will need to check the dental implant from time to time. This is the most important aspect of your new tooth.
Many people are afraid to floss the crown, for fear of it popping off. If the crown and the dental implant are adhered properly, this should not be an issue at all. Some people think it may be unnecessary, as the tooth is not alive and thus should be able to get along just fine. This is also false, as food detritus can get caught on artificial teeth just as much as natural teeth. This means that the teeth next to the crown can start to decay and the gums can also become infected or damaged by bacteria.
At home oral care
Otherwise the most important thing is to brush twice a day and to use mouthwash to get to the places where aggressive bacteria can lie in wait and accumulate. Be very circumspect in your at home oral care, as this is your most commonly used, everyday way to take care of your teeth and your gums. Do not be vigorous, but take enough time to get everywhere and remove all of the plaque that has built up.