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How To Brush Your Teeth Safely After A Tooth Implant

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Tooth implants require just as much care as regular teeth; however you should avoid brushing on the day of surgery.

Brushing After Tooth Implant

The following day, you can brush gently, but be extremely delicate around the surgical site. Rinse with some warm water and about half a teaspoon of salt. Eventually when the bone fuses with the implant, you will brush the implant, but there are specific ways to go about doing this, as well as special instruments and brushes you can use that are suitable for implants.

Post-surgical hygiene

Immediately after surgery, your gums will be swollen and brushing can be very painful. This is why it is important to brush only as much as you can without any major discomfort. It’s important to keep the surrounding areas of the surgical wound clean to avoid infection, but while doing so you should make sure that you are using a soft bristle toothbrush.

If your implant is exposed then you should take care to keep it as clean as possible. Brush the implant as well as the gums underneath and adjacent to the implant. By keeping the implant surface shiny, you will help to avoid the buildup of plaque around the implant.

Brushing the Implant

Powered toothbrushes are often recommended for cleaning implants. They are also good for thoroughly cleaning areas around the implant to avoid bacterial accumulation around the gums.

Irrigation tools are also good for cleaning just below the implant to flush out bacteria. Avoid using metal instruments of any sort as this can scratch the implants and attract bacteria. Plastic is a safer option for your implants.

If you choose to brush manually, you should hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and gently move the brush back and forth, as well as in small, circular motions.

Types of Brushes

There are a variety of brushes that are specially designed to reach certain areas around the implant. The end-tufted brush is suitable for hard-to-reach surfaces around the implant. The interdental brush cleans between the implants. Use it with a gentle back and forth stroke, pressing against the side of the prosthetic tooth. When using an interdental brush, avoid using toothpaste.

Cleaning a Bridge

When cleaning a bridge as opposed to a single tooth, you can also use an electronic toothbrush, but make sure you’re able to clean under the bridge as well. You can also use a plastic coated wire brush for cleaning bridges. Use the same back and forth motion as you would for a single tooth.

It is best to consult with your dentist for specific techniques and instruments for cleaning your implants. For more information, talk to the Thornhill Smile Centre team today!


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