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    Can you use a Water Flosser with dental implants?

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    If you have dental implants, you’ve probably wondered, can you use a water flosser with dental implants?

    Water Flossers (or Irrigator) – an indispensable device for taking care of dental implants.

    Patients who have had dental implants or dental posts may be familiar with the term “irrigator”. Perhaps not everyone knows exactly what it is for and how to use it correctly. But it is important to use it. No toothbrush will not replace this device. And to understand the algorithm of work with it will help this article.

    The concept and principle of operation

    Visually, the device is a portable device that is designed for professional cleaning of the oral cavity (teeth, gums). Therefore, it is better to select a model in advance by consulting with your dentist. In this case, individually define the most suitable for you weight of the device, functions, type, type of nozzles (for the tongue, soft tissues, braces). Before using, be sure to read the instructions from the manufacturer.

    The main tasks of the device include:

    • Gentle cleaning of all kinds of plaque in the mouth.
    • Preventive measures for inflammation, cavities, stomatitis, glossitis, candidiasis.
    • Improvement of blood circulation in the area affected by the jet of liquid.
    • Effective cleaning of the tongue surface, which contributes to the freshness of breath, removal of unpleasant odor.
    • Gentle care of orthodontic, orthopedic constructions that accumulate bacteria.

    The procedure is as follows: a stream of water or other antiseptic, therapeutic agent is pumped at high pressure into the oral cavity through a tube, thus removing excessive food and other pathogens. This cleanses not only the hard-to-reach areas, but also the surfaces (tongue, gums), where pockets of microbes can form.

    The flow of the liquid can be adjusted, which makes it comfortable to use.

    Why is it important to use an irrigator?

    The peculiarity of the variety of implants under consideration is that one half of it is inside the body, and the other half is in view. For quality fusion with the bone, manufacturers create a porous structure. This is an additional risk factor. It is almost impossible to extract germs from the pores. Meanwhile, germs cover a large area of the post, destroying it with their life products.

    This becomes a nuisance in its care. In addition, the mouth has the maximum concentration of bactericidal germs compared to other parts of the human body. A simple brush, floss will not cope with all the amount of work.

    The problem of harmful buildup, can lead to a steady rejection of the denture. For some, this only manifests itself after a long period of time. For some, three to five years is enough. Then it is again necessary to remove the damaged material and insert a new one. This is not only costly, but also not very pleasant.

    In addition to the structural characteristics of the implant itself, there are physiological reasons for the accumulation of plaque on it. Usually, the latter has a diameter of 3.5 – 4.5 mm. The crown that covers it is three times larger. For this reason, a space called a “pocket” appears. It hides a lot of threats.

    In practice, dentists try to correct the above defect with soft tissue. However, the atrophied gum that has settled after a tooth extraction is not always sufficient for such manipulations. And it is not always feasible to grow it in the desired location.

    “Pockets” will accumulate all the small particles of food that are not removed by the brush, other accessories. This is where the irrigator comes to the rescue. It is soft, high quality, full sanation will produce the entire oral cavity. Clean even the most hard-to-reach places.

    Began to apply the device, patients agree that even after a long, thorough cleaning with a toothbrush, a large amount of food residue is still washed away by a jet of water. And also noted the convenience of using the device.

    So the answer to the question of whether to use an additional tool for cleaning the mouth is unambiguous – of course, yes! So, you will not only increase the life of prosthetic parts, but also get rid of harmful microorganisms, possible centers of inflammation.

    Three main advantages of an irrigator over a toothbrush
    1. Removes food debris between teeth
    2. Effectively cleans braces, removes plaque between teeth
    3. Massages the gums, strengthening them

    Remember, the right attitude to the condition of your teeth will not only keep your whole body healthy, but also encourage self-confidence and give you a beautiful smile.

    If you have questions about oral care or need a dental consultation, don’t hesitate to call us at Brickell Dental Care at (407) 989 99-99.

    Do you have dental insurance? That’s great! After all, we accept all major dental insurances PPO.

    Our dentists are always happy to help you.

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