Why Do I Need to Do Maintenance?
Denture implants, especially full mouth implant teeth (All on 4®, TeethXpress®, Same day teeth®, and other types of immediate implant teeth) need similar care to natural teeth. Having a regular oral health routine at home that includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing is critical. However, long-term gum and implant maintenance requires professional cleaning at a dental office. The gums around the teeth implants need special attention as food particles can easily get trapped around and under the full mouth teeth.
What Are the Steps I Should Take?
We recommend the following steps for your daily home care hygiene routine around your full mouth immediate teeth and supporting dental tooth implant:
- Use a Waterpik®
- Use a Rubber Tip Gum Stimulator
Step 1: Brushing
As with any other oral care routine, brushing twice a day is essential. Choose a good quality, soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush and give your implant dentures a good brush for 2-3 minutes.
Make sure you brush in gentle, circular movements all the way up to the gumline.
Step 2: Use a Waterpik®
Using a Waterpik® every day is an excellent way to clean hard-to-reach places such as underneath of the implant teeth. Waterpik® will help you to reach right down to the gumline. We recommend using this tool at least once a day to remove food particles.
Step 3: Use a Rubber Tip Gum Stimulator
A rubber tip gum stimulator can be purchased from any drug store. This is an important instrument used to trace gently around your gum-line of full mouth implant teeth. Since the edges of the implant teeth are not as tightly knitted into the gum, therefore, food debris can get stuck at the base of the gum, often causing infection. A rubber tip will gently remove any food particles that may get trapped.