Is it OK to Brush Implants with Toothpaste?

Last Updated March 09, 2009

E., a dental hygienist, asks:
I am a dental hygienist and come in contact with a lot of patients that have dental implants. I have one particular patient that has implants in place in her mandible and is wearing an overdenture that clips on to the implants. I know to use plastic scalers to scale and I usually polish with “Shimmer” [NUPRO] brand polish paste to help remove the plaque that remains on the implants. The patient asked me however if she was allowed to use toothpaste she buys at the store to brush them or if she only had to use water and a small brush. Is it okay for her to brush those implants with any toothpaste as long it is cream based and does not have any abrasive in it?

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