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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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