Dental Implant Care: What Am I Doing Wrong?

When you’re doing your absolute best but you don’t think you’re getting your dental implants clean, it can feel a bit defeating. However, rather than give up or feel stuck, we encourage you to consider a handful of suggestions we frequently make to our patients. In most instances, you just need a little bit of guidance to get your daily maintenance (and long-term maintenance) back on track.

Check Your Brushing

First, check in on how well you’re adhering to proper brushing. Consider the following to see if you’re still on track with brushing your natural teeth and dental implants:

  • Use a soft-bristle brush accepted by the ADA
  • Use fluoridated, nonabrasive toothpaste
  • Brush two times daily, once in the morning and again at night
  • Don’t press very hard; use a light hand and brush for two minutes

Check Your Flossing

Now, about your flossing. If you’re doing a good job, you’re removing the debris from between teeth and around dental implants. Take the following into consideration:

  • Use ADA-accepted floss in a flavor you enjoy
  • Floss between all teeth, beginning beneath the gumline
  • Floss around your implant post ensuring you complete a thorough job

Check In On Your Professional Care

If you’re not coming in for your checkups and cleanings every six months, you might be feeling some plaque or tartar buildup on your smile. Make sure you’re on top of this part of your dental care for complete dental implant protection.

Come In

When you’re doing your best but you can’t seem to get it right, come on in. We would be more than happy to go through the details with you regarding how to best care for your dental implants!

See Us For Questions About Your Implants

When you have concerns about your dental implants, feel free to set up a visit with us, so we may ensure everything is looking good, while we offer helpful advice. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.