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Dental Hygiene Tips for Implants, Bridges, and Dentures

Brushing and Flossing When You Have Artificial Teeth

Dental Hygienist Cleaning TeethDental implants, bridges, and dentures are all popular ways to replace missing teeth. Proper maintenance of your new teeth will help them last longer. Learn how to keep your replacement teeth clean from the dentistry experts of Total Care Dental.

Cleaning Implants (including Four Life Changing Implants)

Dental implants of all types should be cleaned almost just like your natural teeth. Twice daily brushing, flossing, and optional mouthwash will keep your mouth healthy and fresh. Pay special attention to the base of the tooth where the implant meets the gums. Use extra caution for the first few weeks after implantation.

While your new implant won’t decay like a natural tooth, stains can still occur. Make sure to brush well after eating certain foods, drinking carbonated or alcoholic beverages, or smoking.

Complications of Cleaning Implants

Implants often replace teeth that were crooked, loose, or damaged. The sturdy new implant is designed to perfectly fit in your mouth where the old tooth was. As a result, flossing may be difficult if the new tooth is tight against nearby teeth. Special water floss tools can be used to clean between teeth that normal flossing can’t reach.

Cleaning Bridges

Bridges are similar to dental implants in that they stay in the mouth at all times. Cleaning the new crowns is the same: regular brushing and flossing. The bridge material holding the crowns in place may require additional cleaning.

Complications of Cleaning Bridges

The underside of the bridge can sometimes accumulate germs and food particles. Our dentists will show you the proper cleaning technique for your dental bridge. There are special dental tools designed to get under and around bridges for thorough cleaning.

Cleaning Removed DenturesCleaning Dentures

Dentures, unlike implants, can and should be removed from the mouth for cleaning. There are many products designed to make denture cleaning easy. The teeth can be brushed and flossed while still in the mouth or after being removed. Like bridges, the base of the dentures will need to be sanitized.

Complications of Cleaning Dentures

Dentures need to be soaked in cleaning solution each night to kill bacteria which can get between the dentures and the gums. Just brushing and flossing can miss bacteria hiding beneath, leading to bad breath and decay. The cleaning process usually takes a few hours for the best results. You will have to plan when to sanitize your dentures for a time you will not need to eat or speak. Most people soak their dentures when they go to bed.

Replacement Teeth Cleaning in Madison

Taking care of your new teeth can be difficult on your own. To ensure your implants or dentures stay clean, visit Total Care Dental at least twice a year for preventative checkups. Our dentists and dental hygienists will check the health of your natural and artificial teeth. You’ll leave knowing your replacement teeth are clean and healthy.

Contact Total Care Dental for more information on caring for dental implants and dentures.