My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
A gum infection can be a common at any age. However, if you get dental implants at an older age, then keeping your gums infection free can be a bit more challenging to do. Gums quickly become infected when dental implants are installed because of buildup. This buildup can be caused by food and other contaminants that are hidden underneath your gum line.
As a you get older, gum health becomes increasingly more important because you begin to experience gum and bone loss. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to help keep your gums in good health with dental implants.
Transition from Traditional Floss to a Water Flosser
Traditional floss works well when you are using it on your natural teeth. However, the flosser may not work as well on dental implants. If you want to make sure that the base of your tooth and your gums remain free of buildup then consider transitioning to a water flosser.
A water flosser will get all of the nooks and crannies that you otherwise have a hard time seeing. The flosser is extremely gentle on your gums and will have them feeling clean. You can use a water flosser by directing it on your problem areas. Make sure to hold it in one place for a few minutes before moving on. The longer you use it the more food and debris it will be able to dislodge.
Avoid Foods That are Difficult to Remove
There are certain foods that are more difficult to remove from your teeth than others. These foods will also be extremely difficult to remove from your dental implants. Strawberry seeds, popcorn kernels, and nuts are a few examples of foods that can get stuck in between your implants.
Once these foods are stuck they often go unnoticed because of how small some of them are. This allows bacteria buildup to go unnoticed for extended periods of time. Therefore, consider replacing these foods with foods that are much gentler on your teeth. Yogurts and smoothies are examples that are tasty and can easily be removed from the surface of your tooth.
Gums are one of the foundations needed to ensure your dental implants do not fail too soon. They will be a bit more difficult to maintain at an older age. Therefore, use these tips to make sure that your gums remain healthy as a senior.