Instructions on how to clean your teeth after Dental Implant

Oral hygiene after Dental Implant surgery will be different between the two times, after the post is inserted and when the restoration is completed. In particular, the most important thing is that you need to clean your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, brush your teeth gently and combine with salt water rinsing, flossing or a water toothpick. In addition, on the first day after the surgery, you should not brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with salt water to avoid adverse effects on the wound.

Why should you pay attention to oral hygiene after Dental Implant?

One of the important issues in dental care after dental implants is proper dental hygiene.

Your oral hygiene will directly determine the healing process, the integration of the Implant post with the jawbone, the service life as well as the aesthetics of the whole tooth.

If you take care of your teeth properly according to the instructions of the dentist, the healing process will take place quickly. The Implant post will integrate successfully with a long service life of up to 20-25 years.

Even when you clean your teeth properly, it also helps the life of the Implant teeth last longer.

On the contrary, if you take care of your teeth the wrong way, especially after the Implant , it will increase the risk of dangerous complications such as infection.

How to clean your teeth after a Dental Implant?

For dental hygiene after implant placement, there will be a certain difference in the two stages, after the surgery and when the restoration process is completed.

How to clean your teeth after a Dental Implant

How to clean your teeth after implantation

This is the period when you need to pay a lot of attention to oral hygiene, especially in the first days. Because when the implant is finished, the oral hygiene will face many difficulties because of pain, swelling, not to mention an open wound.

Do not brush your teeth, gargle with salt water, or gargle too vigorously for the first day. Just rinse your mouth with warm water gently to clean the teeth and gums.

On the second day, you should start rinsing your mouth with dilute salt water or physiological saline to remove bacteria as well as food residue. If it still hurts a lot, don’t brush your teeth right away.

In the following days, brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush or a brush specifically for Implant cases. Brush your teeth gently, avoiding brushing directly into the Implant area.

Use dental floss to clean leftovers around the Implant area as well as between the teeth to prevent infection.

How to clean teeth after Implant process

After completing the implant process, the problem of oral hygiene is no longer as difficult as the above stage.

But of course, you cannot clean it in a “bluff” way because it will affect the quality and life of the Implant teeth.

Build a habit of brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Brush teeth with moderate force vertically or in a circular motion, absolutely do not brush your teeth horizontally to damage enamel as well as porcelain crowns.

After brushing your teeth, you should rinse your mouth with salt water or specialized products to clean your teeth and gums better.

Use extra floss or a water flosser to clean away food particles or plaque that accumulates between teeth.

How to clean teeth after Implant process

Other notes when taking care of teeth after Implant

Besides hygiene, you need to pay a lot of attention to oral care, especially the time after implant surgery.

Accordingly, in order to help the healing process take place quickly without complicationS, you need to pay attention to a few things such as biting on cotton balls, applying ice cold, proper eating…

Bite the cotton ball

After inserting the Implant into the jawbone, due to the invasive effects during the implementation, bleeding will occur. But this is completely normal and you don’t need to worry too much.

To stop bleeding, you need to bite on a cotton ball for about 30 minutes until the bleeding stops.

In the first 1-2 days there will probably still be bleeding, but you just need to stop the bleeding in the same way and clean your teeth to avoid infection.

If the bleeding lasts for a long time and cannot be stopped, you need to immediately contact your dentist to check the cause as well as get timely remedial measures.

Apply ice

In addition to bleeding, when the anesthetic wears off, you may experience swelling and pain after implantation.

At that time, apply a cold compress to reduce discomfort. Take a few ice cubes wrapped in a bag or clean cloth and then apply it on the cheek at the implant site. Each application should only be done for about 10 minutes, if you want to continue, there should be a break between times.

Note that you should only apply ice for the first 2-3 days, then switch to hot compress to overcome bruising and help blood circulation at the implant site better.

Apply ice

Take prescribed medicine

After the Dental Implant, the dentist will prescribe you some pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Your task is to take the medicine exactly as prescribed by the doctor, do not arbitrarily change the dose or time of use.

In addition, you absolutely do not buy other medicines to use without consulting your doctor.

The use of drugs not strictly according to the dentist’s prescription will easily cause side effects, adversely affecting the whole body’s health.

Avoid vigorous exercise

After the surgery is completed, you need to avoid vigorous exercise or participate in excessive sports such as jogging, soccer, badminton …

Because of the strong movements, the above activities can hurt the implant area, causing the implant to be loose and rejected.

In the first few days, you should rest comfortably, exercise gently to help the body recover quickly after surgery.

Diet after implant placement

For the first few days after the Implant, you should prioritize soft, liquid, easy-to-eat foods such as porridge, soup, yogurt … and foods rich in calcium and vitamin D such as eggs, fish, shrimp …

The next 2 weeks, you can eat and drink more comfortably, but pay attention that you should not chew directly on the implant position. At the same time, you should still avoid eating foods that are too hard and too chewy.

In addition, after the restoration is complete, you should still limit some of the foods below.

  • Limit alcohol and carbonated drinks.
  • Limit foods that are too spicy, hot, and acidic.
  • Limit foods that are too hard or chewy and require a lot of force to bite and tear.

Check-up on time

Adhering to the scheduled follow-up appointment as your dentist requested will help control the process and progress of implant restoration in the best way.

Moreover, if a problem arises or an unexpected complication occurs, the dentist will promptly detect and fix it thoroughly early.

In fact, hygiene after Dental Implant is not as complicated as many people often think. As long as we are more careful in brushing or cleaning the gums, it will help improve the success rate of the restoration, prolong the life of the Implant teeth. If you still have any questions or concerns related to the above topic, please contact us immediately.