Dental implants are designed to look, feel and act just like real teeth, so it’s no surprise that they also require their own specialised hygiene and maintenance routine. However, in order to keep your dental implants strong and durable, you should provide them with their own special care routine, designed to ensure their long-term success. Without this, your implants may fail and need to be removed.
The most vital area to consider is the space between the gum and implant, which must be kept meticulously clean to avoid inflammation. A modern electric toothbrush is proven scientifically to remove plaque better than a manual toothbrush, so this may be worth investing in, as plaque is a major cause of inflammation.
While a thorough clean is essential, take care not to damage the gum around your implant. The pressure of your brushing should be firm, but not forceful. Remember to clean the back and inside of your implant too – this area can be easily forgotten, but it’s vital for the overall health of your implant.
If you do use a manual toothbrush, make sure that the brush head is not too large to clean the intricate surfaces of your implant and use to a gentle rhythmic action to brush. Soft or medium bristles are best, as hard bristles could cause damage, as could overly vigorous scrubbing.
It’s also a good idea to use specially-designed implant brushes, as these have smaller, angled heads which can clean in and around every surface of your implant. Implant brushes are inexpensive and an effective way of keeping your implant clean.