What your dentist in LaGrange wants you to know
You’ve made an investment in your smile and now you have dental implants. You’re worried about what to do now. How do you take care of your dental implants so they last a lifetime? Dr. James Maragos in LaGrange, IL wants to share his knowledge of how you can keep your dental implants looking beautiful throughout your life.
Fortunately, caring for your dental implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth; and just like your natural teeth, practicing excellent oral hygiene habits is critically important to the beauty and longevity of your smile.
Rarely, a dental implant can fail due to lifestyle issues like smoking, or infection due to improper oral hygiene. It’s important to remove plaque from the implant, just like your natural teeth. That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins cause inflammation and infection in your soft tissue and bone.
Dr. Maragos wants you to remember these important ways to protect your dental implants and your smile:
Brush regularly, ideally after each meal and before bed; a sonic or electric toothbrush can be very helpful to flush bacteria and food away from your dental implants and teeth.
Floss daily using floss threaders or loops if you have an implant-supported dental appliance; if you have a single-tooth implant, you can floss it normally, just like your natural teeth.
Antimicrobial and fluoride rinses can help to control bacteria around your implants and strengthen the dental enamel of your natural teeth.
Professional cleanings are a vital part of dental implant care. You should visit Dr. Maragos every 3 to 6 months for cleanings, and at least yearly for a dental exam including x-rays. Regular dental exams can ensure small dental problems are corrected before they become major dental issues.
Dental implants are an investment in your smile, and you deserve to get the best return on your investment. You want your dental implants to last, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime! Take care of your smile and call Dr. Maragos in LaGrange, IL. To find out more about dental implant care, call today!