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Care for Your Dental Implants So You Don't Get Gum Disease


Posted on 6/30/2017 by Scott Redlinger
A diagram of how dental implants work.
Getting dental implants can be a great way of protecting your jaw. When you lose a tooth, you can also lose the integrity of your jaw bone due to deterioration. Getting dental implants helps to stop that process.

The problem is, not everyone takes care of their dental implants as they should. This can cause many of the same issues that your original teeth had, including gum disease.

You need to make sure you are properly caring for your implants so that your teeth stay where they are supposed to.

How to Care for Your Mouth with Dental Implants

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they function just like regular teeth. You can speak with them in, chew your favorite foods, and smile without the world being any wiser about what is in your mouth. Thankfully, this also means that you can brush them just like your original teeth. In fact, you need to.

While implants cannot decay, they can break down and become brittle. Plus, they sit on your gums, so if you don't care for them properly, you can suffer from gum disease. This can cause you to lose your implants if you aren't careful.

You should brush your implants at least two times per day, just like you should your original teeth. If you have individual teeth put into your mouth, then you need to floss between them, just as you do your original teeth. If you have full arches, then you need to make sure you are cleaning up around your gums really well.

You don't want bacteria growing around your implants, as that can be painful and cause lots of trouble. Contact our office about what other things you can do to care for your dental implants to ensure they last the rest of your life.


Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

(775) 430-5355