Important advice for looking after your Dental Implants
The success of your implants depends on your personal oral hygiene practices and regular visits to your hygienist and dentist. Professional cleaning should be done every three months.
It is extremely important for you to follow a daily programme of oral hygiene at home. While cleaning should be done as often as possible, the most important times are after breakfast in the morning and after your last meal in the evening.
Looking After Your Implants
The following recommendations for cleaning around your implant crowns should be followed twice daily:
Use a good toothbrush
Use a good quality, soft nylon bristle toothbrush such as Oral B, Butler, Reach or Colgate Plus. Before using the brush, rinse it under hot water to soften the bristles.
Use an anti-plaque toothpaste
Brush with an anti-plaque white toothpaste such as Colgate Total or Janina.
Floss around each implant twice daily with regular dental floss, or use an interdental brush such as TePe.
Rinse for at least 15 seconds with an anti-plaque mouthwash.
If you have an oral irrigation system, use an anti-plaque mouthwash and irrigate around each implant crown at slow speed. This type of cleaning is highly effective at removing plaque under your gums which harbour toxic bacteria. Rinsing out the toxins will lessen the chances of inflammation around the implant.
Electric toothbrush instructions
If you have an electric toothbrush, you can continue to use it as normal. After brushing, dip it in Corsodyl mouthwash and gently clean around the implant.
Plaque disclosing tablets
It is advisable to occasionally check the crowns on your implant for bacteria by using a plaque disclosing tablet. Chewing one tablet will turn your saliva red, which you should then wash around your mouth. After about a minute, discharge the saliva and rinse your mouth out with water. If any bacteria are present it will show up as a red film, making it easy to find and for you to remove.
Monitor the healing progress
Monitor yourself at home to detect any early signs of inflammation and contact your Dental Practice if you have any problems.
Smoking will significantly detract from the long-term success of implant treatment and will void any guarantees the Practice will give.
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