How to keep your teeth and implants clean

1. Mechanical cleaning

A) Brushing using a manual or electric tooth brush

    It is recommended that you brush twice a day; in the morning and in the evening.

B) Flossing with dental floss or tape

    Dental tape can be used if the contact areas between  your teeth feel tight.  Using waxed floss/tape can     help it glide between your teeth.  Flossettes (floss mounted on a plastic holder) can also be used. 

C) Inter-dental brushes

    These come in different sizes to match the spaces between your teeth. 

D) Water Pick

    This is a useful tool to remove bits of food from  underneath your bridges/implant bridges.

2. Chemical cleaning

A) Tooth-paste

    Children under the age of 6 should use children’s toothpaste.  This usually contains a 600ppm fluoride. Adults and children above the age of 6 should use  adult’s toothpaste containing more than 1100ppm of fluoride.  Your dentist may prescribe a higher fluoride content if you have a high rate of tooth decay. 

B) Mouthwash

    Mouthwash can be used as an adjunct to keeping your  mouth clean i.e. they should be used at a different   time to brushing. Ask your dentist as to which one is  best for you to use.