Dental implants are a remarkable way to restore the gaps in your smile that could lead to gum disease, jawbone depletion, and other negative consequences if left untreated. Dr. Bram can use this treatment to provide a tooth-like appearance, as well as natural function.
When you fill your smile with implants, you’re investing in your confidence and self-esteem because this is a permanent restoration that lets you eat, drink, and socialize as you please.
After your dental implant procedure, you’ll need to wait a few days before you can clean your smile comfortably. When you’re ready, caring for your dental implants is simple. Dr. Bram recommends treating them like your regular teeth (brushing twice a day, flossing after meals, and visiting our St. Charles office biannually) except for one small change.
When caring for a dental implant, we advise our patients to choose soft, non-abrasive hygiene products. This course of action will save the implant from scratches or other damage that could lead to implant failure.
The toothbrush is the most used hygiene product and is the primary way to remove plaque from teeth. For this reason, Dr. Bram encourages his implant patients to use one with soft or extra soft bristles to avoid damage. While hard bristles can strengthen the gums and remove plaque in large chunks, soft ones ensure your implant stays strong.
On the other hand, toothpaste can contain harsh ingredients. You can protect your smile, gums, and implant by avoiding any that use baking soda. Baking soda used continuously will destroy your enamel and the gums that support the implant. Furthermore, Dr. Bram noted that whitening products (toothpaste included) could contain harsh ingredients as well, so you should stay away from them too.
You can strengthen your oral care routine by introducing an antibacterial mouthwash into the mix. This product is excellent for maintaining healthy smiles because it eliminates leftover plaque and bacteria while layering your smile, protecting it from further damage.
Much like toothpaste, Dr. Bram recommends staying away from whitening mouthwashes because they tend to include harsh ingredients, such as alcohol. Alcohol cause dry mouth, meaning you’re living without your mouth’s first line of defense against harmful bacteria—saliva.
Finally, the last product that we’ll discuss is dental floss. Flossing is an integral part of maintaining healthy oral hygiene and caring for your smile. It clears plaque and bacteria from the hard to reach places that your toothbrush can’t get.
Dr. Bram urges his patients to choose a nylon-coated dental floss because it’s created to glide carefully against your teeth and gums. Certain companies have even made dental floss that’s sole purpose is for use with dental implants.