How to Care for Your Dental Implants

how to care for your dental implants

Dental implants are fantastic way to restore your smile. They’re a convenient solution that look and function like your natural teeth. To make them last as long as possible, proper care at home is especially important. When it comes to protecting dental implants,  “the goal of oral hygiene is to prevent infection.” You do this in the same way 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).

Dentists recommend to following practices with dental implants.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

There’s 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 powered or manual toothbrushes are the safest and most effective way to protect your dental implants. So far, these studiesshow no significant difference between sonic, electric, or manual toothbrushes.”

One thing is clear, though. You should select a toothbrush with soft bristles. 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.”

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

You will want to select a low-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the titanium implant fixture. That means no baking soda, no stain removers, and no smoker’s toothpaste. You should also avoid toothpaste containing both stannous fluoride and sodium fluoride 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 dental implants. Dentists recommend using either unwaxed floss or implant-specific floss. Floss with pumice or whitening products should be avoided.

Many people find water flossers to be a gentle and effective alternative to dental floss. Recent 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 alternative for cleaning between your teeth. Make sure to select one that’s made of or coated with plastic.

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.”

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Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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