If your mouth tends to build up with too much bacteria, and you plan to get dental implants very soon, take steps to get rid of the germs now. Although your mouth naturally contains different types of bacteria that protect it from disease and other problems, some types of bacteria can grow too much and place your teeth, gums and jawbones at risk for decay and infection. Because dental implants need to bond with your jawbones during the healing process, the excessive bacteria in your mouth can prevent this from happening. Keep your dental implants safe before surgery with the natural tips below.

Clean Your Mouth Thoroughly 

The first step to getting rid of the bacteria in your mouth is to clean it thoroughly with a water flosser. A traditional toothbrush removes plaque and germs from the surfaces of your teeth, but it may not reach the areas in your mouth that harbor hidden bacteria. In addition, the bristles of your toothbrush can build up with plaque, which creates more germs in your mouth every time you use it.

A water flosser uses water to blast away hidden bacteria from the backs of your teeth and gumline. The flosser also removes germs from the areas between your gums and inner cheeks. The bristles of a toothbrush can tear and bruise the soft tissues in these locations and cause additional infections in your mouth. However, a water flosser can loosen up and wash away bacteria without damaging your soft tissues.

Moisturize Your Mouth

After you clean your mouth with the water flosser, improve the condition of the saliva inside your mouth with sesame seed oil. Saliva is a clear liquid that protects your mouth in many ways, including washing away bacteria and moisturizing your gums. If the gums over your jawbones dry out, they can't cover and protect your dental implants after surgery. In most cases, your gums develop infections that must be treated before your dentist can place your dental implants.

Healthy saliva contains up to 99 percent water. If your saliva is overwhelmed by bacteria, it loses its moisture content and becomes thick and stringy. Sesame seed oil contains natural antiseptics and anti-inflammatory properties that destroy the bacteria inside your saliva. The oil also forms a protective coating over your teeth, gums and soft tissues that keeps your mouth moisturized after you use it.

To get started, purchase bottle of sesame seed oil, then follow the steps below:

  1. Place one teaspoon of oil in a small cup, then pour the contents into your mouth. You don't want to place your mouth directly on the oil's container to avoid contaminating it with bacteria.
  2. Swish the oil around in your mouth for 5 seconds, then stop. You want the oil to soak into your mouth tissues to help kill or remove the bacteria on them.
  3. Spit out the oil, then rinse your mouth with lukewarm or cool water. 

It's a good idea that you use the sesame seed oil twice a day to improve the condition of your saliva. 

If the tips above don't solve your bacteria problem after two weeks of use, contact your dentist for additional care.

For professional dental care, contact a facility such as Pine Ridge Dental Group.