Dental implants are an attractive and effective way to restore your smile. They are a convenient solution that looks and functions like your natural teeth. Proper dental implant care at home is important to protect the long-term viability of your implants. When it comes to protecting dental implants,  “the goal of oral hygiene is to prevent infection.”

You do this in the same way you care for your natural teeth. With a daily regimen of brushing, rinsing with mouthwash, and using an interdental cleaner (a device designed to clean between your teeth).

It is important to choose gentle hygiene products for use with your dental implants for two reasons: You want to avoid scratching your implants, and you also would want to avoid irritating the soft tissue around your implants.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

There is a lot of discussion about which type of toothbrush works best around dental implants and other types of dental work. In fact, there have been numerous studies conducted to determine whether electric or manual toothbrushes are the safest and most effective way to protect your dental implants. So far, these studies “show no significant difference between sonic, electric, or manual toothbrushes.”

One thing is clear, though. You should select a toothbrush with soft bristles for proper dental implant care. There’s a consensus in the dental literature which “supports the use of soft or extra soft brushes as a means to clean the surface of  a titanium implant safely.”

Make sure to brush for at least two minutes and cover all sections of your smile. Many electric toothbrushes contain a timer to help remind you how long you should brush for. Electric toothbrushes are recommended for patients who have difficulty applying sufficient pressure on their own.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

You should choose a toothpaste that does not contain any abrasive ingredients. That means you should avoid toothpaste with baking soda, stain-removing toothpaste, and smoker’s toothpaste. You should also avoid toothpaste containing either stannous fluoride or sodium fluoride. This is important for dental implant care because they can damage the titanium in your dental implants.

Choosing the Right Interdental Cleaners

An interdental cleaner removes debris from spaces between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss is the most common interdental cleaner, but water flossers (also known as oral irrigators) and interdental brushes are alternatives to flossing.

Flossing is an effective way to clean around the dental implants. Dentists recommend using either nylon-coated floss or floss that’s designed specifically for use with dental implants. Floss with pumice or whitening products should be avoided at all cost.

Many people find water flossers to be a gentle and effective alternative to dental floss. Recent have studies found that, when compared to dental floss, water flossers are “up to 50% more effective in reducing gingivitis and up to 93% more effective in reducing gingival bleeding.”

Interdental brushes are another good alternative for cleaning between your teeth. Just make sure to select one that’s plastic or plastic-coated as interdental brushes with metal wires are not recommended for use with dental implants.

Choosing the Right Mouthwash

You should rinse with mouthwash every day. Research shows that for patients with dental implants “the use of an antimicrobial rinse, in conjunction with a rubber tip stimulator, may be recommended to inactivate bacteria.” Be sure to use a mouthwash that is alcohol-free because alcohol dries out your mouth and it will interfere with your body’s natural ability to fight off dangerous bacteria.

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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
distancing.

-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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