Once an implant is successfully placed the focus now becomes how to properly care for it. Maintaining a regular dental cleaning schedule is essential. This allows your general dentist to keep a close eye on your implant, and to insure that the implant continues to do well. Your dental hygienist will use a titanium or plastic dental scaler to clean your implant to avoid scratching the implant surface. Equally important is home care. The following products are safe to use: interproximal brushes with nylon coated core wires, soft manual or electric toothbrushes, floss, and soft end tuft toothbrushes. Incorporating a dental rinse to control bacteria and plaque is also a good addition to your home care routine.