Cleaning Your Dental Implant

Dental implants from Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham have a remarkably high success rate: greater than ninety percent. But the success of the procedure itself won’t count for much, if you don’t take good care of it down the road.

Since you brush and floss a dental implant the same as a natural tooth, one of the most important things to do is use a low- to non-abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste that is too abrasive can scratch the surface of the exposed portion of thet implant.

When you shop for toothpaste, always read labels. These are the ingredients you should avoid:

  • Stannous fluoride
  • Sodium fluoride (APF greater than 3.0)
  • Baking soda
  • Stain remover

Additionally, don’t use smoker’s toothpaste on your implants.

Dental Floss

There are lots of different types of dental floss available. There are even implant-specific flosses – another good reason to always read the labels!

Ordinary dental floss is good enough, but it is highly recommended that you choose an unwaxed kind. This will help to protect the gum tissue around the implant site.

The technique is about thte same: wrap the floss around the implant, and move it in a “shoe shine” motion.

Other products that can be beneficial are water flossers, and anti-microbial rinses.

A dental implant from Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham can change your life. Call us today to find out whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Koch Aesthetic Dentistry


2311 Highland Avenue South, Suite 323
Birmingham, AL