Like natural teeth, cleaning All On 4 dental implants ensures that you can keep your teeth or dentures for the longest time possible. Normally, after meals, the food debris on or under the dentures decomposes through bacterial action. If you do not make it your habit to do a regular mouth cleaning, the bacteria will breed and could have a destructive impact on your dental implants.
Implanted teeth are prone to bacterial destruction and infections just the same way natural teeth are. Cleaning the dental implants after every meal ensures that you can dislodge the implants’ debris before they stick to your dentures and become a breeding ground for bacteria. The following are methods that you can use to clean dental implants:
- Flossing your bridge after every meal to remove the food debris that might be stuck under the bridge
- Using a water pik, ¾ water and ¼ antibacterial mouth rinse, to loosen debris and clean the hard to reach areas
- Rinsing your mouth with water and an antibacterial mouth rinse, the one we prescribe you at our office will suffice. The mouth rinse should not be alcohol-based!
- Clean your dentures with an angled Tepe toothbrush. This gets hard to reach areas effectively.
- Clean the top of your tongue and the insides of your cheeks to ensure that there are no bacteria left in your mouth. You can use a toothbrush to brush off the debris that gets stuck on your tongue during eating.
Develop the habit of visiting your dentist for professional cleaning at a frequency of 3-6 months to prevent issues.