You need to see your Austin dentist for regular cleanings when you have implants. Your home care is equally important. Your dental implants must be cleaned daily to prevent inflammation and infection.

Permanent Implants

Clean your permanent implants above and below the gumline and in between neighboring teeth with a small amount of low-abrasive toothpaste. When you first have your implants placed your mouth will be sensitive. Ask your Houston dentist about the best way to prevent plaque build-up during this time. Once the prosthesis has been placed, you can use a toothbrush to keep the implant clean. You will need the following tools to take care of your implants:


You can use a soft manual, electric or sonic battery to clean your implants. Brush twice a day with a low-abrasive toothbrush so that you do not scratch the implant surface or irritate your gums.

Interdental Brush or End-Tufted Brush

These brushes are suitable for getting to hard-to-reach areas around the tooth supported by the implant and the inner side of the teeth. They also help you clean around the implant posts. Never use toothpaste with these types of brushes.


It is important to floss once a day in the narrow areas that are impossible to reach with an interdental brush. You can use regular floss or purchase special implant floss. Pass the floss back and forth between the implant-supported teeth and neighboring teeth.

Cleaning the Prosthesis/Abutments

It is important to clean your prosthesis and its attachments carefully with a denture brush or toothbrush. Clean the gum side of the prosthesis as well as the abutment posts and bar in your mouth. A water pik/irrigation system may be recommended for use up to twice daily.

There will always be areas that you cannot clean effectively. That is why it is essential that you visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Routine check-ups will also give you the opportunity to find out how to improve your cleaning technique.

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As spring finally brings with it warmer weather, chances are you’ll be spending plenty of time in the saddle. You’re also probably doing a “spring cleaning” of your house – but here are some ideas to carry your spring cleaning over to your barn. Be sure that all of the horses are out of the barn when you begin cleaning so that they’re not affected by any dust that you stir up.


Take a long broom or a featherduster with an extension on it and thoroughly decobweb your barn. A tip: Remove the water buckets and feed tubs from stalls before you decobweb them to avoid having to clean them all over again.

Hay and Feed Storage

It’s easy to let daily cleaning get ahead of us, and hay and grain storage areas are notoriously dusty. But did you know that this can be a fire hazard, and the excess dust is bad for your horse’s health? While you’re cleaning, check feed and hay for spoilage or mold, and discard anything that is unsafe to feed.

Rodent Control

Keep an eye out for signs of rodents as you clean. Add mousetraps, or replenish the bait in existing traps, if necessary. Be sure to use precaution when cleaning rodent droppings; sweep them up thoroughly and wear a mask to avoid inhaling any dust from the droppings.


Launder any dirty saddle pads, leg wraps, or bandages which are in need of cleaning. Store extras in rodent-proof containers or tack trunks so that they’re ready for use. Also take the time to clean your blankets or to send them out to a cleaning service before storing them for next winter.

Now is also a great time to clean your brushes and grooming kit. Remove all of your grooming tools from your tote or grooming back and give it a thorough shaking out or wipe down. Wipe or hose off solid tools like your hoof pick, mane comb, and curry comb. Wash your brushes in a soapy water solution, rinse, and let them dry.


Go through your tack trunks and your tack rooms and get things organized and ready for show season. Keep items that you use frequently in places that are easy to access, and store less frequently used items away where they won’t take up excess space. You probably won’t need your custom hunting rifle while you’re away, or your winter ski gear.

As you go through your equipment, if you find things that you doubt you’ll use in the future, consider selling them at a tack sale or donating them to an equine charity.

Safety Check

Along with your cleaning routine, perform a safety check. Make sure that electrical outlets are in good repair and are outfitted with protective caps to keep inquisitive equine noses protected. Check any power cords for fraying or other signs of damage, and replace any damaged cords that you find. Make sure that your fire extinguishers haven’t expired, and replace batteries in your smoke detectors.

Walk all of the fence lines to check for damage or loosened boards. Also make sure that gate latches are strong and functioning. Finally, walk your pastures (enlist some help if they’re large) to check for any trash or debris that has been unearthed by the winter’s snow and dispose of it in adequate spring cleaning dumpsters
A thorough spring cleaning will leave your barn both safe for your horses and looking great.

A beautiful smile generated by a set of pearl white teeth can make all the difference in building your confidence. Unfortunately, your teeth can easily become stained because of the food you eat or probably smoking. Teeth discoloration can also result from sipping on colas and teas, excessive use of fluoride, and taking of certain medications. These sources wear down and ruin the surface or your teeth and hence the discoloration.

However, with off-office treatments available today, you can have that smile you have always yearned and dreamed of without a single help of your dentist. This is possible through treatments available both in and out of your dentist office. Most of these whitening procedures are designed to only work on the tooth enamel and not on dental restorations. For this reason, you may be required to visit your dentist for replacing restorations that will help match the shade that you exactly desire.

In-Office Whitening

You can use Venus White Max which is a special formula available by prescription at participating dental offices. It’s a powerful solution that can whiten smiles up to ten shades brighter. Venus White Max does not require use of UV light, a property that makes it stands out over many other in-office treatments. It is therefore possible to move around during the whitening treatment instead of being glued on a chair next to a light. The entire process lasts for one hour, adding to its convenience.

At-Home Whitening

This teeth whitening technique provides the safest way to whiten your teeth at home through Iridescence Take Home Whitening Gels. The initial process involves consulting your dentist for a discussion, to allow him take an impression of your mouth. This helps in customizing the bleaching trays that will perfectly fit your teeth structure.

The dentist will then give you a Take Home Kit which contains the whitening solution and a guard to protect you gum. With these at-home whitening gels, it is possible to have initial results after one night of use with full results coming after a week.

Taking good care of your teeth for protection against dental problems surpasses any cure available. You can do this by brushing a minimum of two times and flossing per day to keep away from teeth stains. Using a straw when drinking tea and soda can help keep the staining agents from coming to contact with your tooth enamel. Make it a your habit to visit a dentist once in every six months for a thorough cleaning and checkup to guarantee a healthy smile even in the future.

Visit MedCenter TMJ for all you teeth whitening needs and for your MedCenter TMJ Treatments