It would be best if you practice proper oral hygiene habits before, during, and after getting dental implants. If you don't practice proper care, there are chances of plaque buildup around the dental implant, causing gum disease, bone loss, infection, and other dental problems, which can limit the healing process. At Meza Dental Care, we specialize in dental implants and provide all our patients with extensive aftercare instructions for their dental implants. In this post, we'll take a look at some aftercare tips for your dental implant surgery.
- Brush Thoroughly
Brushing is vital to implants as it is with natural teeth. We recommend you use a soft brush that is designed for dental implants patients. Brushing twice a day is ideal for removing any plaque that may have formed on your teeth. Ensure that the bristles are soft so that it can gently clean the surface of your implant.
- Floss Regularly
Flossing your teeth allows you to clean the teeth and around the abutments and also remove any plaque that is stuck in-between your teeth. It is recommended that you floss twice a day. Make sure you floss your teeth gently so that there is no tooth, implant, or gum damage. A water flosser or water jet can help remove plaque and small bits of food from between teeth.
- Avoid Sticky or Hard Foods
Eating hard and sticky foods can result in damage to implants. Eat soft foods for the first several weeks after your procedure. Avoid eating sticky and hard foods as it can make your implant structure weaker. Some of the foods to avoid include caramel, hard candy, ice, dry fruit, etc.
- Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking cigarettes is detrimental to the health of dental implants, specifically in the first six months. Smoking can cause the threads in the mouth to hold onto more plaque and bacteria, and this can be very detrimental to dental implants. The buildup of bacteria and the plaque can cause bone loss. In addition to bone loss, they can cause an increase in bad breath, along with possible tooth decay and infections.
- Regular Dental Visits
Regular checkups are required to monitor the implants. Your regular visit can help the dentist maintain the health of dental implants. At Meza Dental Care, we recommend that our dental implant patients come in twice a year for professional checkups depending on their overall oral health. At these appointments, our dentist will check and clean your implant abutments, and polish your prosthetic teeth.
What Happens If You Don't Practice Proper Dental Implant Maintenance?
Failure to practice good dental implant care and oral hygiene can lead to the following:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Painful gums
- Swelling and inflammation
- Bleeding during brushing and flossing
Follow the tips explained above to keep smiling both inside and out. If you have inquiries about dental implants care, you can book an appointment with us at Meza Dental Care. Our patients in Costa Rica and the surrounding area rave about our dental work.
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