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Establish Protective Habits for Lifelong Implant Success

8 Tips to keep your dentures and gums healthy!

As dental implants fuse securely to living bone below the gumline, surrounding soft tissues determine long-term stability and satisfaction. Continuous attention to maintaining these anchors hinders complications endangering replacements or natural teeth alike. Using preventative morning routines before life’s demands commence guards entire smiles facilities throughout busy days.

Gentle Massage

Tenderly massaging gums and implant sites upon rising stimulates circulation nourishing protective barriers. Beginning at crowns’ edges and tracing contours downwards for 2-3 minutes daily, massages soothe tissues just as they do tired muscles. Increased blood flow strengthens attachments against potentially damaging chemical, thermal, or mechanical insults faced throughout adventures ahead. 

Interdental Brushing

Specialized small brushes inserted between natural or fake teeth lift plaque clinging to difficult areas that toothpaste and bristles miss. Only 30 seconds spent between each contact point exfoliates debris bacterial colony formation required for damaging acids. Preventing subgingival sites colonizing preserves bone levels stabilizing implants or halts marginal periodontitis progression jeopardizing natural roots. 


Floss Threaders


For uncomfortably angled or crowded implant sites, floss threaders offer gentler alternatives flexing tough floss along contours between structures without straining delicate attachments. Their slippery thinner shape reaches problem regions direct flossing struggles accessing to detach stubborn residues accumulation often triggers.

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An elderly patient consulting with a doctor on his dentures


Swishing a capful of antimicrobial mouthwash cleanses entire surfaces an additional layer of residual protection against adhesion sites pathogens target metabolizing sugars throughout eating experiences. Certain solutions formulated specifically supporting the implant and periodontal therapies harbor antimicrobial abilities broad-spectrum formulations lack against destructive particular strains. 

Tongue Scrape 

Removing the coating of microbes from dorsal tongue surfaces assists in keeping entire oral ecosystems balanced and clean. Sometimes housing pathogens are directly linked with periodontal infections, daily scraping gently exfoliates them alongside stale cells buildup can harbor odor-causing debris. Keeping tongues untouched jeopardizes efforts elsewhere in the mouth maintaining pristine conditions.

Check Home Care Devices

Inspecting toothbrushes, floss and irrigators for fraying or damage catches opportunities for upgrading equipment before protective abilities wane from wear. Tattered items fail to remove sites pathogens menace equally as dirty utensils spreading contagions throughout mouths. Replacing compromised tools every few months relies on the hygiene resources functioning optimally.

Schedule Professional Cleanings 

Nothing compares to professional debridement below gum lines which manual methods struggle to reach. Routine checkups plus biannual deep cleanings sustain long-term outcomes realized through diligent self-care actions alone and may not be maintained without reinforcement from expert hand scalers. Their precise rigor removes tenacious residues beyond capabilities at home.

Schedule Adjustments Promptly

Any implant or tooth mobility, tenderness, gaping spaces, or smiles feeling “off” necessitates prompt consulting professionals. Immediate treatment addressing mechanical failures safeguards both oral and psychological well-being reliant upon solid anchors that function uniformly together. Small nuisances addressed timely often resolve simply versus neglected defects progressing into serious expenses down the road better avoided entirely.

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