It’s not uncommon to lose a single tooth at some point in your life. In fact, 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth. Luckily, there are a few different ways you can remedy the situation including the use of dental implants and bridges. While most people are aware of the cosmetic and oral health improvements that tooth replacement offers, you may be surprised to find out about some of their other benefits. One of these benefits is the new ease of your dental hygiene routine. Although it may seem like tooth implants require more maintenance and care than your natural teeth, they actually provide more ease and convenience. Here are 5 unexpected ways dental implants will simplify your dental hygiene routine.
1. Tooth Implant = No Cavities
One of the most common reasons people seek teeth replacement is tooth decay. If you are looking into dental implant procedures, you’ll be relieved to find out that unlike your natural teeth, the implants and the caps attached to the top are not subject to decay. However, this does not mean you can eliminate brushing. It is still important to your gum health to keep the implants clean. You can brush, rinse with mouthwash, and go about your business knowing that no damage is developing.
2. Give Flossing a Rest
Flossing is a universally disliked part of dental hygiene. It is time consuming, inconvenient, and always leads to embarrassment every time you visit the dentists’ office. After a dental implants procedure, flossing is no longer required to be part of your everyday standard regime. In fact, your prosthodontist may recommend that you leave it off completely. So why the sudden change of heart? The answer is simple. Your natural teeth have a thin membrane at the point where the teeth and the gum meets. That protective membrane is no longer present once your real teeth are removed and replaced. Hence, you could easily scratch your gums while flossing, leading to an increased risk of infection. By choosing to not floss, you simplify your hygiene regimen and reduce the risk of a creating an open wound that leads to an infected gum.
3. Softer Toothbrush for Gentle Brushing
While dental implants are sturdy, they are not as strong as real teeth. Once you’re sporting your brand new smile, you’ll want a toothbrush with softer bristles to avoid damaging the implants. Ideally, you want something that is firm enough to remove food residue from the cap surface but soft enough to not scratch the caps. Dr. Riad Almasri and the team at FastNewSmile® will provide you with guidelines on the best brush for you.
4. Mouthwash Freedom
In the past, you may have used a particular mouthwash based on its extra protection and/or strengthening and whitening properties. Once your implants are in place, you are free to use whatever type of mouthwash you want. The main focus is using a mouthwash that will keep your breath fresh.
5. Dental Exams Much Easier After Dental Implants
Although you won’t be able to skip your annual exams and cleanings, your visits to the dentist will be much simpler and often quicker. A dentist’s inspection and cleaning will take a fraction of the time it takes with your natural teeth, so you can get out of the chair and back to your day sooner rather than later.
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