A brand new, functional smile with full mouth dental implants can feel like a dream come true. Suddenly you’re able to eat all your favorite foods again, and talk and laugh confidently with a beautiful smile. Most likely, you want to do your best to keep your new smile as healthy as possible, even if it isn’t made up of real teeth. You still need to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine, though it will be slightly different than what you may have been used to in the past. Here’s the best way to clean your full mouth dental implants:
Brush Twice Daily
Your bridge of teeth can accumulate plaque and tartar buildup, just like natural teeth. It’s important to brush your dental implant bridge twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid this happening. While your actual bridge of teeth won’t get cavities, you’ll want to protect your natural gum tissue and dental implants.
Use Nonabrasive Toothpaste
The type of toothpaste you use is equally as important as brushing your teeth twice a day. Since dental implant bridges don’t stain as natural teeth do, an abrasive toothpaste with stain-removing agents isn’t necessary for your bridge. Ask your oral surgeon about brands of toothpaste specifically for dental implants.
Floss Once a Day
It’s also important to use a water flosser or dental floss to remove any food debris from between your bridge of teeth and your gumline. This ensures that no plaque hardens into tartar and releases bacteria that can infect your gums around the dental implants. It may be beneficial to add a rubber tip stimulator or sulcus brush to your list of oral hygiene tools as well.
Schedule Your Appointment
Routine oral hygiene and appointments to your oral surgeon can help ensure your new smile with dental implants last for many years. If you’re noticing your gums appear redder and more swollen or bleed around your dental implant(s), contact your oral surgeon today