Dr. Kelly Clarke, DDS
Kelly R. Clarke, DDS

3 Home Care Habits for Healthy Dental Implants

Dental Implants Bradenton FL

Choosing dental implants to restore your teeth is smart and sound investment for your oral health. Now that you've chosen them, you'll want to know how to take care of them so you can make the most of your investment. Here are 3 home care tips you can use to keep your dental implants in Bradenton, FL healthy.

Consistent Brushing and Flossing

Regular brushing and flossing are always important, but even more so when you have a dental implant because infection can cause it to fail. Keeping it clean and bacteria free will ensure its longevity. You might consider using an electric toothbrush, which does a lot of the hard work for you and is gentle on your gum tissue. Be sure to floss to ensure that plaque and food particles are removed from in between your implant and teeth.

Use a Water Flosser

A water flosser is a machine that utilizes a concentrated stream of water to remove debris and food particles from around your gum tissue and in between your teeth. Many patients find this method to be more comfortable than flossing; however, it can also be combined with regular flossing for optimum results.

Use an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse

A mouth rinse can also give you added protection against the bacteria and acids that can harm your dental implant. Be sure to consult with Dr. Clarke before you choose a product as not all mouth rinses are effective. A mouth rinse hardly adds any time to your home care routine, and as a bonus helps to freshen your breath!

Regular checkups with Dr. Clarke every six months will also ensure the health and longevity of your implant. He'll monitor it with examinations and yearly x-rays to see that your bone is healthy and properly supporting your implant. Give us a call today if it's time to schedule your next appointment.