Dental implants are the most permanent form of tooth replacement, but they still require proper care to last as long as possible. Taking certain steps in your daily dental hygiene and habits can maximize the return on this investment. Here is what you should do for the proper dental care after getting implants from Dr. Ben Amini and Associate dentists at CitiDent.
Start by brushing your teeth at least twice and floss your teeth at least once every day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. Avoid teeth-whitening toothpastes based on peroxides, as they do not work on porcelain implants. You will also want to avoid those based on abrasives, as they can damage the surfaces of the implants.
The habits that our San Francisco dentist recommends for general dental health also apply to patients with implants. For example, smoking raises risks of gum disease and can be the potential cause of implant loss, so cessation should start immediately. You should also eat a nutritious diet, which will help maintain strong jaws that keep your implants stable.
By keeping a healthy routine using the tips listed here, you will be more likely to have your implants for life. Along the way, you will continue to enjoy optimal chewing ability, comfort and appearance the same way as having a natural tooth. You can schedule a consultation with our expert in dental implants in San Francisco to learn more about how to make your implants last longer.