Prosthetic teeth, like our natural teeth, require good hygiene to keep them in good condition. Here are five tips that will help you do so:
1. Have an excellent oral hygiene.
To prevent bacterial infections, it is important to brush your teeth and floss regularly. Infections can weaken your gums and push back your jaw. If this happens, your prosthetic teeth are in danger of falling off.
2. Use the right tools
Choosing cleaning tools designed specifically for dental implants will help keep them in good shape for as long as possible. Regular toothbrushes or dental floss can damage your new restorations.
3. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups
If you have prosthetic teeth, schedule semi-annual check-ups with your dentist. They can ensure that your dental implants and prosthetic teeth fit properly, are in good condition and provide you with thorough cleaning to keep your gums healthy.
4. Avoid tobacco
It has been shown that smoking inhibits the flow of blood around the gums and teeth. When your mouth and gums do not get enough blood, healing processes are affected and there's an increase in the risk of bone loss.
5. Avoid foods and drinks that stain
Coffee, wine and dark sodas are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to dyeing your teeth. Sweets, blueberries and raspberries are also known for the coloring of teeth. Protect your prosthetic teeth by avoiding anything that can stain them. Using straws and rinsing with water after consuming these foods can reduce your risk of stained teeth.
Depending on the type of prosthesis that you wear, you will also need to carry out a more specialized cleaning routine, ask your hygienist for the necessary care if you have more complicated prostheses, such as a bridge with several implants, implants with artificial gums, or a complete denture.
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