Dental implants offer people the chance to restore or replace teeth that need attention. They are a newer dental appliance that many people are opting for. While the dental implant procedure does require invasive surgery, it is well worth the wait.
However, dental implants do require a great deal of aftercare to be done to prevent infections from forming. And, being aware of these aftercare tips can be helpful during the healing process. Read more below as we outline a few tips for preventing infections!
Tips for preventing infections after dental implants
An essential part of the healing process after dental implants are placed to rinse the mouth out regularly. When the wound is healing, it is much more prone to bacteria forming which can easily turn into an infection.
However, if regular rinsing is done, then the wound will likely stay clean of bacteria which will prevent infections. Rinsing can be done with mouthwash or with salt water as they will both help in keeping the area clean. Regularly rinsing will ensure that the wound stays clean and free of infections.
Maintaining dental hygiene
Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine will also ensure that a person prevents an infection from forming. A good dental hygiene routine should consist of brushing twice a day, but especially gently around the wound. Brushing will clean the surrounding teeth of any bacteria which could cause an infection.
Another part of maintaining good dental hygiene is for a person to floss regularly as well. Flossing removes food particles from in between the teeth which can help to prevent infections from forming. Once food particles are removed, then the gums and teeth can thrive healthily.
Visit the dentist often
As dental implants are healing, it is crucial that the dentist examines them regularly to ensure that they are healing infection-free. Because the wound is especially prone to bacteria forming, it’s best to see the dentist every few weeks as they can help a person take preventative measures against infections.
Avoid sugary foods or beverages
While the implants heal, it is best to avoid foods or drinks that are high in sugar as these can cause excess amounts of bacteria to be left behind. High sugar intake can result in unwanted particles remaining in tough to reach places. When sugar is left in these areas, it can cause an increase in bacteria which can lead to infections.
Taking preventative measures to keep implants free of infections is vital to do so that the implants remain healthy. Regularly visiting the dentist and maintaining good oral hygiene will help to keep the implants free of infection which can cause severe damage to the implants as they’re healing.
If you have questions that weren’t answered in this article, then reach out to our office today so that we can help you. Our trained professionals can provide more tips on infection prevention while your implants are healing. Give us a call or stop by today!
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