The longevity of your dental implants will depend largely on your dental hygiene routine.
Phoenix, Arizona, implant dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox will review your dental implant care guidelines with you in detail prior to the completion of the dental implant process. As with your natural teeth, dental implants require daily care in order to retain their functionality and appearance.
Generally speaking, dental implants are simple to maintain with a good oral health regimen that includes:
- Brushing your teeth and dental implants at least twice daily
- Flossing to remove particles from between your teeth and dental implants
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash to kill lingering bacteria
Oral irrigation devices and floss picks can be particularly useful in ensuring that the hard-to-reach areas surrounding your dental implants are sufficiently clean.
Without adhering to a good dental hygiene routine, plaque can accumulate around the implants and could lead to eventual infection. Severe infections can contribute to dental implant failure, which can result in discomfort and progressive oral health problems.
If you have dental implants, it is important to continue regular dental visits. These check-ups allow Dr. Wilcox to thoroughly clean your teeth and dental implants, as well as monitor the integrity of the implants and the health of the teeth and gums surrounding your dental implants.
If you live in the Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale or Peoria, Arizona, areas and would like to learn more about dental implants, please contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry to schedule your personal consultation.