Dental Hygiene for Dental Implants
Good dental hygiene is important throughout your life. Your mouth naturally contains many strains of bacteria. Many of these are good or beneficial bacteria, but some strains can cause gum disease or tooth decay. Good brushing and flossing habits can reduce these bad bacteria and help keep your smile healthy whether you have natural teeth or dental implants.
Implants will not decay the way natural teeth can, but they can be affected by oral bacteria in other ways. Plaque and bacteria can adhere to implants and cause bad breath. This may seem like a minor issue, but it is just the beginning of the problems that can be caused by poor dental hygiene with implants. As the plaque and bacteria accumulate, they will irritate the gums. Over time, gums become irritated and may bleed. The bacteria will reach deeper into the oral cavity and attack the bone around the implant. Inflamed tissues at the implant site are due to a condition called peri-implantitis, which can ultimately lead to implant failure.
The best way to avoid this is to brush and floss carefully around your implant as well as your other teeth. Use a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste for the best results. Floss or use an interdental cleaner every day to remove buildup between teeth and implants. Finally, visit us about twice a year for professional cleanings. Monitor your implant to ensure it is strong and not moving, and check the gums around it to ensure they are free of redness and not bleeding. Call us to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in dental implants in North Hollywood.