Implant dentures are a good strategy for replacing lost teeth. With them, you can bite and chew normally. And with fixed implant dentures, you don’t have to take them out to soak and clean.
However, it’s still important that you properly clean your implant dentures to protect your oral and overall health.
Here are some tips for cleaning your implant dentures to protect your health.
Brush and Floss Teeth
Treat your implant dentures like natural teeth. This means that you need to brush and floss them daily. Depending on the composition of your implant dentures, you might have recommended toothpaste or brush styles, but for many people normal toothpaste and brushes work reasonably well.
The floss you use depends on what works best for you. There are many materials and styles of floss, and they all work well. Some people prefer premade flossers. Others like to use floss holders. And some people do best with interdental cleaners.
On the other hand, some people get the best result using a water flosser, such as WaterPik. The streams of water can blast out accumulated food and bacteria. It’s also worth noting that this is a great tool for cleaning under the denture.
Clean under the Denture
Don’t forget to clean under your denture. Ideally, the space between the denture and your gums should be small. And since your denture is fixed, it won’t open up to let in a lot of food and bacteria. But even in the best implant dentures, there is some space, and this needs to be cleaned to protect your health.
You can clean under the denture with floss. Some floss has a firm end that helps thread it under the denture, but if you want you can use a floss threader to get it under the denture. Make sure you sweep it back and forth through each of the spaces under the denture.
Don’t forget to floss around the implants themselves. You can wrap the floss around the implant or approach it from both sides, but make sure you clean off the entire implant.
A water flosser is a great choice for cleaning under the denture. It can get into places where it’s hard to reach with dental floss.
Finally, brush all the parts of your gums that you can reach under the denture.