From a complete set of teeth for proper chewing and speaking to the overall improvement of your smile, the benefits of dental implants are easy to see. However, investing in this tooth replacement solution does not get you out of hot water in regards to poor dental health. While an implant is unable to develop cavities since it lacks the natural material of your teeth, you are still at risk of developing gum disease. By using these tips on preventing poor dental health after receiving your dental implants, your smile will be appealing and healthy.
While surprising to hear, many patients with implants feel they no longer need to brush the replacement tooth. However, brushing your natural teeth and implants twice a day is imperative for your underlying dental health.
Brushing removes food, plaque, and bacteria from your teeth, but it also prevents buildup on your gums. Without properly brushing your natural teeth and dental implants, you are increasing your risk of developing gum disease.
If you visit your dentist regularly, you most likely understand the importance of daily flossing. Unfortunately, you may feel it is an unnecessary task since you have implants. Without daily flossing, food and residue will buildup in between your teeth and implants.
Flossing each day will remove this buildup, preventing cavities on your natural teeth. In addition, removing the leftover food and bacteria between your implants will prevent periodontal problems such as gum disease.
Regular exams and cleanings are still necessary after receiving your implants. Since your oral surgeon does not give you a free pass to miss these checkups, schedule visits for exams and cleanings twice per day.
During these visits, your dentist will complete a series of x-rays to ensure the implants are in a proper position. In addition, you will have a detailed cleaning of your complete set of teeth, which includes your implants.
Dental implants are a great investment for your oral health and self-esteem. With these tips, you can clean and protect your natural teeth and implants. To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact Stonebriar Facial & Oral Surgery at 214-618-3070 today.