Although dental implants are not susceptible to decay, you should not throw your oral hygiene routine out the window. Proper oral care should continue to be a priority, and for the most part, it should mirror your routine before surgery with a few minor changes. If oral hygiene methods are not met, dental implant patients have a risk of developing a serious form of gum disease called peri-implantitis.
Cleaning Your Dental Implants
Regular brushing and flossing should continue after your dental implants have had enough time to heal. Here is a breakdown of what your oral hygiene regimen should look like after dental implant surgery.
- Brushing. You should brush your teeth like you did before your surgery, but the only thing that could possibly change is your toothpaste. Stay away from very abrasive toothpastes that could wear away the top layers of porcelain crowns.
- Flossing. For gum health, continue with your normal flossing routine. Flossing with the normal “C” motion two times a day is recommended.
- Mouthwash. Mouthwash is not absolutely necessary, but your dentist may suggest a special mouthwash created for dental implant patients.
- Oral Irrigation. Oral irrigation tools are a good way to clean in between dental implants. Both the waterpik and AirFloss device are great supplementary oral hygiene tools.
- Interproximal brushes. Designed specifically to clean in between the gums and dental implants, interproximal brushes are a great way to effectively clean and prevent gum disease.
If you have any questions about oral hygiene after dental implant surgery, do not hesitate to contact Austin Oral Surgery. Call 512 402 6677 to speak with someone from our Patient Service Team, or feel free to visit our website for more information.