Cleaning Around Dental Implants for Oral Hygiene

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Learn how to clean around a dental implant and get expert tips and advice on keeping healthy teeth and oral hygiene in this free instructional video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Keep Teeth Healthy
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Hi I’m Dr. Scott Chandler with Silver Creek Dental. This clip is about how to clean and care for your dental implants. Dental implants are becoming fairly common in the industry and many patients out there have these and you may be one of those. A tooth that is on a dental implant is a crown or a cap. They are usually made of porcelain, sometimes porcelain with metal underneath. It is important to keep these clean just as if they were your regular teeth. They are going to feel like your regular teeth and they are going to look like your regular teeth so let’s treat them like such. There are a few little things that you have to look out for with a dental implant. Here I’ve got an example here with a little window showing that the implant in the bone. It is kind of like a titanium screw or post that goes into the bone. Bone heals in and grabs it good and it’s just like having a tooth back. Now on this one we’ve got a little cap or crown. There’s a little post that just sticks up out of the gums and a crown is cemented on top of that. Now it is really important that we clean around these to keep the bacteria down. You don’t want to be getting any infections around the bone that may jeopardize your dental implant. First of all brushing, you just use a standard regular toothbrush. You brush that tooth really good in every direction. You get the biting surface, get the outside and you brush in little circles at a 45 degree angle to get those gums and once you get those gums good and clean there. It is also important to floss around those things. Just because it’s a fake tooth doesn’t mean that you can’t keep it clean just the same as the rest. Here I have an example of a Reach flosser that I like to use in my office. With this Reach flosser, you just reach in there and that floss pops right in between those teeth. You get in there and you floss up and down, up and down and you get all the bacteria that might be stuck around that crown and then pull it out. Now you could do the same thing with regular floss but why? This is a whole lot easier. Now if you are just out and around in town and you happen to get something stuck in your dental implant, it is important to have something like a little plastic pick in your purse, your wallet or your pocket. What you do is take that and you can just get in there and work out any little bits of food particles or things that might be bothering you around that implant. Now it’s very important that you never use anything metal. Fish hooks, needles or anything like that around you dental implant. What can happen is you may scratch that titanium post that is sticking up out of the gums and once you scratch it, then the bacteria can stick to it and can give you a little gum infection or something. So be sure when you are cleaning around you are using the proper tools. Plastic, never touch your implant with anything metal.

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