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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Caring for your Dental Implant
Charleston, WV


group of older women with dental implants from Revive Dental and Implant Center in Charleston, West VirginiaAre you planning to get dental implants? If yes, you should be excited as dental implants can help you enjoy your favorite food and feel more confident about your smile. But, you need to make sure you implement good dental implant care to get the best results following dental implant placement.

Whether you have a single dental implant, multiple dental implants, or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, these basic dental implant care tips will ensure the success of your dental implant procedure.

Use a Soft Nylon Brush


Once you get a dental implant, you may need to switch your toothbrush to a nylon toothbrush.

Toothbrushes made from nylon have soft bristles that are soft and gentle on your dental implants. Moreover, you should also avoid using any hard brush or metal instrument to clean your oral cavity when you have dental implants.

Floss Regularly


Taking care of your dental implants is as simple as taking care of your natural teeth, but did you know that 84% of Americans do not floss their teeth?

If you fall into this group, it’s time to change your habit and floss regularly. This is because plaque accumulates easily around your implant, leading to oral hygiene concerns. You can easily find several types of floss designed specifically for those with dental implants. But let’s not forget that flossing doesn’t excuse you from brushing regularly.

Avoid Using Abrasive Toothpaste and Mouthwash


Once you get a dental implant, it’s best to avoid abrasive mouthwash and toothpaste and use sensitive cleaning products instead. Remember, the use of abrasive dental products can lead to extreme discomfort and may also damage your dental implant.

Avoid Sticky and Hard Foods


Once you get dental implants, avoid eating hard and sticky foods as they can damage your dental implant and the opposing teeth. Some foods you should avoid include hard candies, ice, hardshell tacos, and crusty bread.

Avoid Alcohol Consumption and Smoking


If you want your dental implant procedure to be a success, it’s important to remember that smoking can be detrimental to your dental implant. It may take as long as six months to heal your dental implant, and smoking during this period can affect the success of your treatment. Moreover, alcohol consumption is linked with slowing down the healing process of dental implants as well, so it’s best to avoid smoking and drinking as much as possible.

Schedule Regular Dental Visits


Regular dental checkups are integral for maintaining your overall oral health. Just because you have dental implants doesn’t mean you don’t need to see a dentist. You will still need to schedule regular dental visits to ensure that your oral cavity stays in the best shape and your dental implants last a lifetime.

Are You Ready for Dental Implant Care?


Taking care of your dental implants is as easy as taking care of your natural teeth. If you still have any questions or concerns about dental implant care, schedule an appointment at Revive Dental and Implant Center today.
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