Usually, when the topic is dental implants, we’re talking about some specific benefits, candidacy, care, or even costs. What you may not hear a lot about, however, is the type of thing you hear from a parent when you’re a little kid. It goes a little something like this: “Keep your fingers out of your mouth!” It doesn’t sound very related to this otherwise exceptionally advanced prosthetic designed to fully replace your tooth that you’ve lost. However, as you learn more about why we offer up this suggestion, you’ll appreciate the wisdom behind it!
You May End Up Messing With Your Tooth
When you place your finger into your mouth, even if to just dislodge a bit of food, you’re immediately more likely to touch your restoration or implant. Maybe you think something feels different. Perhaps you’re getting food out from the location near your dental implant. What you don’t want is to then explore the area with your finger, press on your crown, mess with the tissue near your implant, etc. You can accidentally aggravate tissue, transfer germs, and more. Fingers kept out of your mouth is always the best policy!
Fingertips Carry Germs
As mentioned, your fingers are carrying germs (and the space between your fingernails and skin is generally full of germs). Since you value your general health just as much as you do your oral health, you’ll likely be happy to follow our suggestion to keep hands away from your mouth when you can. Otherwise, you may be ingesting all sorts of stuff you’d most certainly prefer to avoid!
The Exception: Your Maintenance
On second thought, of course, there are times when you’ll need to put your fingers into your mouth. The only time this is okay, as you already know, is during dental hygiene. We’d like to remind you, however, that even in this instance, it’s important to be quite mindful about your actions. First, it’s always wise to wash your hands with soap and water first, so that you don’t accidentally ingest germs. In addition, remember to be gentle when you’re brushing and flossing. Tugging with floss, for instance, around a tooth or implant can be dangerous. When you need extra help, let us know!
Protect Implants With Our Simple Tips
Keep your dental implants safe and long-lasting by considering our suggestions for a healthy smile. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.