Dental implants have changed the way people cope with missing teeth. In most cases, they end up being just as simple to take care of as their natural teeth – if not more so. For all practical purposes, implants look just like your natural teeth and no one even has to know you have had the work done. At first, though, you may need to use special care as your mouth adjusts to the implants. Read on to learn more about aftercare for your new implants.

Your dentist will probably make sure you go home with some care instructions focusing on several areas. Good oral hygiene habits will help keep not only your implants safe and long-lasting but will maintain and improve the general state of your oral health. Take a look at a few good dental practices to ensure your new implants won't cause you any worries whatsoever.

  • Brush Carefully – Your new implant may create some temporary tenderness at the gumline so brush gently using a soft bristle brush. Clean your teeth after meals and before bed for the best results and don't forget to brush the backside of the implant too.
  • Use the Right Toothpaste – Make no mistake, toothpaste that promises to whiten and brighten your smile provides a gradual improvement in the appearance of your smile. However, this type of toothpaste is too abrasive to use on your implants. Instead, look for tartar-control toothpaste. Tartar build-up can turn into plaque which is a hard and sticky substance that is difficult to remove.
  • Floss Better – You can certainly floss around your new implant as usual but why not try something better? Special little brushes called interdental brushes are far more gentle on your gums. Regular waxed floss can accidentally cut your gums which may lead to infections. The little brush also is better at getting between molars than floss does. Interdental brushes can be found on the internet (Amazon and the like) and you can customize a set that is just right for your dental needs.
  • Rinse Now – When it comes to mouthwash, look for chlorhexidine on the label. This germ-killing ingredient works to make things clean and safe while your implant fully heals.
  • Eat Wisely – Eventually, your new implant will be as strong and stable as your natural teeth. For the first few weeks, though, go easy on them by sticking to softer foods. Avoid hard, crunchy foods like nuts and candy till your gums heal from the implant.

For more information about dental implants, speak to your dentist.