How to Care for Dental Implants
Dental implants are tooth replacements that fit into the jawbone similar to a natural tooth in order to give you strong, durable results. Implants and restorations that are used in combination with them will not decay or erode the way natural teeth can, but you still need to take care of them to ensure they give you many years of service. Our expert in dental implants in Van Nuys may give you personalized recommendations for getting the most out of your new smile. Some general rules apply.
1. Good brushing and flossing habits
Your implants may not be vulnerable to the bacteria that lurk in your mouth, but those same bacteria can attack the tissues around the implants and trigger a condition known as peri-implantitis. The best way to avoid this, as well as other common dental issues, is to brush after meals using a fluoride toothpaste and soft toothbrush. It is also important to floss daily.
2. Regular checkups
At these checkups, we will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and implants to ensure that all is well. We will also clean your teeth to remove any buildup that has accumulated over time. Then we will check the health of the implant site and the surrounding tissues.
3. Healthy habits
Cease any smoking or chewing of tobacco, as this can increase the risk of complications. Also, eat a balanced diet, because it can help keep your teeth, as well as your whole body healthier.
Dental implants can help you get and keep your smile at its healthiest. Call us today to learn more about caring for dental implants or to schedule your consultation with our team.
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