If you’re going to invest in a high-quality implant bridge like CeraSmile®, taking good care of it is essential to help it last longer. Otherwise, your investment will go to waste and you’ll be back at the dentist paying for your next tooth replacement option. Fortunately, caring for your implant bridge is simple and will help you maintain a gorgeous and functional smile for years to come. Find out how to care for your implant bridge with these tips.

Why CeraSmile® Requires Excellent Home Care

Your oral health is essential after you receive an implant bridge like CeraSmile®. Although it’s made of highly durable materials like yttria-stabilized zirconia, you still need to care for your oral health to ensure your results last. CeraSmile® stays put in your mouth thanks to dental implants. When you don’t take good care of your oral health, your implants are the highest concern.

Without proper care, your gums can experience periodontal disease which can result in bone loss and eventually cause the implants to fail. If your implants fail, you will no longer be able to have your beautifully crafted new smile. Aside from dental implant failure, you can also damage the implant bridge itself if you’re not careful.

With proper care, dental implants can last up to 50 years and your implant bridge can last decades. If you want to ensure you get the most out of your investment, follow our tips.

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Clean Your Implant Bridge Properly

The first step for caring for your implant bridge is cleaning it and your mouth correctly. Your first step to accomplishing this is to use a Waterpik twice a day. A Waterpik will help you dislodge any food that’s stuck in or around your bridge. We recommend using it on a medium or low setting.

Next, you should floss underneath the bridge once daily, preferably at night so you don’t go to sleep with food particles under your bridge. Using Super Floss from Oral B or a floss threader can make this process much easier.

Next, use interdental brushes to clean the dental implant area of your mouth. Then, use a sulcus brush or soft toothbrush to clean the entire surface of the bridge.

Lastly, consider rinsing with Peroxyl or another approved mouth rinse once per day to help remove smaller particles from beneath the bridge.

In addition to cleaning your bridge, you should also brush your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper and some toothpaste to freshen up your breath and to remove bacteria from your mouth.

With these steps, you can look forward to a healthy mouth and long-lasting implant bridges.

Eat a Healthy Diet

It doesn’t matter that you no longer have natural teeth, you should still eat a healthy diet even if you don’t have to worry about cavities. The bacteria from sugary or starchy foods can still cause plaque that can build up along your gum line and result in gum disease. If you recall from earlier, gum disease can result in implant failure! Try to keep your sugary and starchy indulgences to a minimum and remember to rinse with water afterward and brush well.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Once again, just because you don’t have natural teeth any longer doesn’t mean you don’t have to visit the dentist anymore. Typically, you should still continue to visit the dentist every six months or year, depending on their recommendation. During these visits, they will evaluate the health of your dental implants and CeraSmile® bridge. If there are any problems, these frequent visits will allow them to provide you with treatment before it compromises the health of your CeraSmile® bridge.

Habits and Foods to Avoid

The last step of taking care of your CeraSmile® bridge is avoiding certain foods and habits that might harm your implant bridge. To start, we recommend avoiding hard foods like nuts, popcorn (kernels), kettle chips, and hard pretzels. These crunchy foods can harm your bridge by causing a fracture or chip. You should also avoid using your teeth to chew ice, on objects that aren’t food or to bite your nails. Lastly, you should also avoid eating sticky foods like caramel and chewy candy as they can get stuck easily under your bridge and breed bacteria in your mouth.

Find a CeraSmile® Dentist Near You Today

If you’re okay following these instructions for caring for your implant bridge, CeraSmile® is a good option for you! Find a CeraSmile® dentist near you today to book a consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. During your consultation, your dentist will happily answer all your questions and walk you through the complete procedure process.