Worldwide, dental implants make up a $3.6 billion industry. North America, in turn, accounts for over a third of that market. In the US alone, an estimated three million people already have them.
If you have new implants yourself, then you know how pricey and complex their procedure is. So, that should be enough to motivate you to improve your dental hygiene habits.
Fortunately, cleaning dental implants isn’t as complex as, say, maintaining braces.
We’ll show you the ropes on proper dental implant care below, so be sure to read on.
1. Floss First, Brush After
According to the pros at Memorial Dentistry, implants are the best way to replace lost teeth. That’s because they replace the entire tooth structure, from the crown to the roots. In fact, the implants themselves act as the replacement for the missing tooth roots.
That’s why implants feel, function, and look like natural teeth. As such, you also need to clean them the same way as your natural pearly whites.
For starters, you should use interdental floss before brushing your teeth. These dental cleaners remove trapped food and plaque between natural and artificial teeth. Experts recommend flossing first because it’s more effective in removing interdental plaque.
2. Go Soft and Tapered
A toothbrush with soft, tapered-tip bristles can better clean the area under the gums. That’s because its bristles are narrow enough to slip into the space between the teeth and gums.
In fact, a study found that such brushes can remove as much as 71.1% of plaque within a single session. Moreover, they’re effective in reducing the severity of existing gingivitis. Thus, they’re some of the best natural teeth and dental implant cleaning tools you should use.
3. Set Your Brushing Timer for 2 Minutes
Have you been brushing your pearly whites for no longer than one minute? If so, it’s time to boost that to two minutes, especially now that you have dental implants. That’s because brushing for 120 seconds can get rid of 26% more plaque than what 45 seconds of brushing can.
4. Go Round and Round
A circular brushing motion enables toothbrush bristles to clean entire tooth surfaces. In addition, this pattern allows the bristles to reach the tooth area beneath the gums.
By contrast, a side-to-side brushing motion only cleans the visible areas of the teeth. As such, elliptical strokes are ineffective in cleaning the spots under the gum line.
5. Mind Your Angle
As you brush your teeth, position your toothbrush in a way that its bristles point toward the gums at a 45° angle. This way, it’s easier for the tapered end of the bristles to slip between the gums and the teeth.
From there, apply gentle pressure as you brush using circular motions. Be sure to spend at least 10 seconds cleaning two to three of your teeth, including your implants, at a time. Don’t forget to brush the biting surface and the backside of your teeth, too.
Preserve Your New Smile by Cleaning Dental Implants Properly
As you can see, cleaning dental implants is pretty much the same as caring for your natural teeth. The key difference is that you should now be more attentive to what’s inside your mouth. This is especially true for your artificial teeth and the tissues that support them.
So, as early as today, follow our tips for proper and regular implant cleaning. This way, you can make both your new and natural teeth last longer.
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