Whether you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants and prosthetic teeth can quickly restore your smile and your confidence. Even though prosthetic teeth eliminate your concern for cavities, it’s important to brush and floss after every meal because the tissue around them is still susceptible to gum disease. Good oral hygiene will keep your gums and tongue healthy and your prosthetic teeth in good condition for years to come.
Taking care of your prosthetic teeth
Below are five tips for taking care of your prosthetic teeth:
- Practice good oral hygiene
To prevent bacterial infections, it’s important to brush and floss regularly. Infections may weaken your gums and cause your jawbone to recede. If this happens, your prosthetic teeth are in danger of coming loose or falling out.
- Get the right tools
Choosing tools that are specifically designed for dental implants will help keep them in good shape for as long as possible. Regular toothbrushes or floss may damage your new restorations.
- Visit your dentist for regular check-ups
If you have prosthetic teeth, schedule bi-annual check-ups with your dentist. They can ensure your dental implants and prosthetic teeth fit appropriately, are in good condition and give you a thorough cleaning to keep your gums healthy.
- Avoid tobacco products
Smoking, in particular, has been shown to inhibit blood flow around the gums and teeth. When your mouth and gums do not get sufficient blood, it can impair healing and increase your risk of bone loss.
- Avoid food and beverages that could stain
Coffee, wine and dark sodas are a few of the biggest offenders when it comes to staining teeth. Sweets, blueberries and raspberries are also known for staining teeth. Protect your prosthetic teeth by avoiding anything that could potentially stain your teeth. Using straws and rinsing with water afterward can also reduce your risk of stained teeth.
To learn more about dental implants, prosthetic teeth or our All-On-4® dental implants, contact the team at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery in Bucks County. One of our experienced oral surgeons will thoroughly explain your options and answer any questions you may have. Call 215-322-7810 to get started.