Having shopped for traditional toothpaste most of your life, switching to one that’s safe for your implants can be tricky, especially if you want to make sure you’re taking care of natural teeth you have as well.
The most common toothpaste ingredient, fluoride, poses no risk to implants and is still helpful for protecting natural teeth. It restores enamel and remineralizes teeth, hindering tooth decay.
What you need to look out for when it comes to your implants are abrasive toothpastes and antibacterial labels.
Abrasive ingredients can include characteristics such as stain removers, as well as smoker’s toothpastes. They’re particularly harmful to implants by wearing away acrylic as well as removing glaze on your porcelain. A toothpaste’s abrasiveness is measured through radioactive dentin abrasion (RDA), which results in an RDA value.The lower the value, the more favorable the toothpaste is for your implants. Highly abrasive pastes can also be harmful to your natural teeth, as they strip away tooth enamel while brushing.
Antibacterial pastes are good for both your implants and natural teeth, but not all toothpastes are antibacterial. Look for labels featuring active ingredients such as triclosan, an antibacterial agent that helps kill plaque bacteria throughout your day. Studies have shown that using antibacterial pastes have strong positive impacts on dental implants. If unable to find the label of active ingredients for a toothpaste at the store, the US Department of Health and Human Services provides ingredients of any toothpaste to consumers online.