When you get new dental implants, you probably want to do everything you can to keep them clean and intact so that your smile continues to sparkle. Because of this, you may be wondering whether there are any changes in your dental hygiene routine that you should make, especially when it comes to the tools that you use. If so, below are a couple of things you can switch around when it comes to what you use to brush and floss around your implants.
1. Use An Electric Toothbrush Over A Regular One
One change you can make to the tools that you use for cleaning your teeth when you have implants is in the type of toothbrush that you use. While brushing your teeth with a regular toothbrush will help get most of the food particles and gunk off of your implants, it may not be enough to fully clean the surface of the implants as well as around the edges.
Instead of using a regular toothbrush, switch to using an electric model. An electric toothbrush uses vibrations to break free and clean away any food particles, doing so much faster than you could ever manually do the job. Ensuring that all of the food on the surfaces and around the edges of the implants help to lower the risk of bacterial growth that could lead to gum disease.
2. Opt For Floss Threaders Instead Of Dental Floss
Along with changing the type of toothbrush you use, you should also consider opting to use floss threaders instead of regular dental floss. While dental floss can get between the implants, it cannot fully get under the lower edges without risk of snagging and pulling on them. Also, regular floss is harder to control, making it difficult to fully get into every nook and cranny.
Floss threaders, on the other hand, give you more control, as the string is stretched between a form-fitting piece of plastic. The string is also typically coated with a foam-like substance that allows you to fully clean the spaces between your implants without inadvertently snagging or otherwise damaging them.
Making these changes in the tools that you use for your oral hygiene regimen can help ensure that your implants stay cleaner and intact. If you have any further questions about taking care of your dental implants or need specific product recommendations, speak with your dentist at your next appointment.