Cleaning Dental Implants

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Keeping your mouth clean is the best way to prevent infection and allow your gum and implant to heal. There are many things you can do, but remember that it is important not to disturb the site for the first few days, so adjust your cleaning routine accordingly.

On the evening of, or the morning after the surgery, you can start cleaning your teeth but be careful to avoid the site of the surgery for the first 2 days. After that, you can carefully clean this area but being very careful not to disturb anything. You could use a toothbrush with softer bristles to minimise impact on the surgery. During the first week you should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a mug of warm water). Although this is unpleasant salt is a great natural antiseptic. Since it is advisable to keep food away from the surgical area, after eating you should rinse with antiseptic.

You should also use an antiseptic mouthwash such as Corsodyl from the evening after the surgery. Use half a capful and hold the liquid over the site of the implant for one minute before spitting it out. Make sure not to swill. Do this three times a day for the first seven days.

If you are a smoker, you should try not to smoke during the first seven days after your surgery as it will greatly increase the risk of infection and slow the healing process.

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