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You just replaced your teeth with a brand new full arch dental implant, and you feel great. Congratulations! You enjoy eating again, you are free of pain, and people are complimenting you on your great new smile. But don’t rest on your laurels just yet–you still need to stay on top of your oral hygiene.

Even though implants don’t experience decay like natural teeth do, they need to be cleaned regularly to maintain good oral health. Some of the same threats that bombarded your teeth, like plaque, can still harm your gums. Controlling these threats is essential. The best way to control plaque is to brush your teeth regularly.

In early gum disease, or gingivitis, bacteria build up in plaque, which irritate and inflame the delicate gum tissue. The gums get red and bleed easily. You may also have persistent bad breath. While serious, no irreversible damage has been done. However, it can advance to periodontitis. Here, gum and bone start to pull away from teeth and form pockets. Your new implants will be affected, as well. Infection often results, and bacteria spread. Toxins produced by the bacteria start to break down bone and other tissue that hold teeth (or implants) in place, and eventually these can loosen.

As was stated earlier, this is all preventable by effective oral hygiene. Brush twice daily, and floss every day. Antibacterial mouthwashes are also good. Care for your implants like you would natural teeth.

If you want to learn anything about implants, please call Sarasota Implant in Sarasota, FL. Implants are all we do, and we would love to help you have the healthy smile you deserve.