For patients with dental implants, a Waterpik® Water Flosser is an ideal tool for cleaning and daily care. To achieve the best results, use a Waterpik® Water Flosser with a Plaque Seeker® Tip.
Why Does Implant Care Matter?
Dental implants are artificial roots placed into the jaw to hold prosthetic teeth and bridges. These implants and artificial teeth restore the appearance of the mouth while providing practical benefits by making it easier to chew.
However, long-term success of implants requires daily care, cleaning the artificial tooth, gums and the surrounding teeth. Regular cleaning with a Waterpik® Water Flosser and Plaque Seeker® Tip, designed specifically for implant care, goes a long way. Additionally, regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist are essential.
Dental Implants and Gum Health
Maintaining gum health is crucial for the long-term success of dental implants. Plaque and bacteria that form around an implant can cause gum inflammation, which may lead to peri-implant diseases, such as peri-implant mucositis (similar to gingivitis) and peri-implantitis (similar to periodontitis), ultimately resulting in implant failure.
Professional Instructions for Dental Implant Care
After a dental implant procedure, your oral care provider will give you detailed aftercare instructions to help prevent peri-implant disease. It’s important to follow those instructions and adhere to the recommended schedule for follow-up appointments.
Brushing and Flossing Dental Implants
Home prevention plays a significant role in ensuring implant success, as implant maintenance largely relies on daily cleaning of all the surfaces above and below the gum line.
Dental implants are easy to clean if you follow a few simple techniques, starting with thorough brushing. Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, using either a manual or electric toothbrush with soft bristles. Brush gently to avoid gum damage.
Brushing can’t reach every part of your mouth so cleaning between your teeth should always be part of your home routine. Some may find it difficult to use traditional string floss around implants. A Waterpik® Water Flosser used with the Plaque Seeker® Tip enables easily and effectively cleaning around implants while promoting healthy gums.
If you’re unsure how to select the best water flosser for implants, try our Product Selector to find the water flosser that best suits your lifestyle. All Waterpik Water Flossers are proven to be effective alternatives to string floss.
Watch this video to see how the Waterpik Water Flosser with the Plaque Seeker® Tip cleans dental implants:
The Plaque Seeker® Tip delivers warm, pulsating water to hard-to-reach areas. Its design features three thin tufts of bristles, which help it access and break-up stubborn plaque around implants and other areas that are susceptible to plaque accumulation.
In fact, the Waterpik® Water Flosser used with the Plaque Seeker® Tip is clinically proven to be up to 2X as effective for improving gum health around implants vs string floss. It’s an excellent way to care for your implant investment.