The plastic-coated proxabrush is specially designed to clean narrow spaces your regular toothbrush can’t reach. It is shaped to allow the bristles to slip between your appliance and the gum line, cleaning the exposed implant post, the underside of the appliance, and stimulating the gum tissues.
Another way to control the level of plaque is by using antibacterial mouth rinses like Listerine. Dip a proxabrush or a Q-tip into a small cup of the rinse and apply directly to the implant surface and surrounding tissues. You may also use the mouthwash as a rinse after brushing and flossing. Consult our hygienists for the best regimen for your individual case.
Always be gentle with your implants. Though made of metal, implants can be scratched, which then provides a breeding ground for bacteria. Use only brushes with rounded and flexible bristles or plastic, wood or rubber stimulators. Never use any metal instruments on your implants. You do not need to use extra force when brushing your implants. Excessive force may scratch the implant post or irritate the gum and surrounding tissues.
Regular Professional Cleanings.
We recommend that you alternate your dental cleanings between your general dentist and our office. Most patients benefit from 4 professional cleanings a year. We will be monitoring your implants with x-rays and evaluation and guiding you to take optimum care. All the implants we use are warranted by the manufacturers for ten years, provided regular follow-up care was performed.
Your Recovery Depends on You.
Remember, the success of your dental implants now depends on you. If you follow the instructions of your periodontal team, and dentist, and maintain good oral hygiene, your implants will allow you to eat, speak, laugh and smile for many, many years.