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By Steinbach Dental
May 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Protect your investment by knowing how to care for your dental implants.

If you’ve just gotten dental implants then you’ve made a very sound investment for your smile. However, to ensure that your implants last you a Dental Implants lifetime you need to take care of them.

Focus on oral hygiene: While your oral hygiene should always be important to you, now that you have a dental implant it’s imperative that you take time to really care for your teeth. To prevent infection and other complications, you will want to brush at least twice a day (preferably you should brush after each meal) for a minimum of two minutes each time. You also need to floss daily. Don’t skimp on your oral regime and your dental implants will remain healthy.

See your Brookfield dentist regularly: This rule should go without saying; however, you would be surprised how many patients think that their implants don’t require special care, or can't experience complications because they aren’t real teeth. This is simply not true. You still need to come in regularly for maintenance and cleanings. We will determine how often you need to come in. On average, patients with dental implants should come in anywhere between three to six months. Professional implant cleaning is more involved and may take longer than it would for natural teeth.

Besides getting a proper cleaning, we can also detect complications like peri-implantitis, which can cause serious problems for your smile. This is another reason why it’s important to come in regularly for dental check-ups.

Avoid smoking: Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your new smile. After all, smoking greatly increases your chances of implant failure and other serious complications. If you were smoking at the time that you got your implant, then it’s important for the health of your smile to quit right away if you want your implant to last. Talk to your Brookfield dentist about ways to help you quit smoking. Your smile will thank you.

If it’s time for your six-month dental cleaning, don’t put it off. Do it for the health of your implants. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Thomas, your Brookfield dentist. Let Steinbach dental protect your best investment.