Dental Implants and the Importance of Oral Hygiene

Healthy dental implants will provide patients with many benefits Everyone knows that oral hygiene is important in keeping your oral anatomy in tip top shape, however, not many people realize that the oral anatomy dictates the health of your overall body. Disease such as Alzheimer’s or diabetes, have been attributed to poor oral health. If poor oral health is maintained it can cause problems with your lungs and give you respiratory issues, or exacerbate already present issues. In addition, it will cause bad breath and emit harmful toxins into your blood stream which open you up for a wide variety of complications. If harmful bacteria gets into the blood stream it can travel to the heart or the brain.

People with missing teeth, have experienced poor oral health because of the negative effects that missing teeth have caused and also the issues leading to their missing teeth.  Missing teeth is either caused by a loosening of the root or if the tooth has decayed and withered away from cavities and decay. After a missing tooth has fallen, it will cause the jawbone to deplete which will loosen other teeth and make the jawbone weak. Oral function will be lost and your oral health will continue to decline. Dental implants have been used to correct the damage that missing teeth have caused. They will also provide patients with restrengthening of their jawbone and will bring back oral function. In order to receive all these benefits that dental implants can offer, oral hygiene must be maintained.

Cleaning Your Dental Implants

Dental implants are not very difficult to clean and only require that you brush and floss regularly. The removal of plaque is very important because of excess buildup of plaque that can cause a bacterial infection. A bacterial infection can lead to a more severe infection called peri-impantitis, which depletes the jawbone and undo’s osseointegration, loosening your dental implants.

Using an antibacterial toothpaste is also very helpful in keeping bacteria off of dental implants even after you have finished brushing your teeth. An anti bacterial mouthwash can also enhance removal of harmful bacteria. Flossing your teeth is very important for removing particles of food and plaque from around your teeth. Using a rubber tip pick is also effective in removing plaque that is inside the gum pockets around your teeth.

In-office visits are highly encouraged because of the risk of bacterial infections developing around your dental implants. You may maintain regular oral maintenance, but if plaque or harmful bacteria slips past your radar, it can produce damaging effects. Many people do not realize that bacterial infections can develop without any symptoms of it occurring. If your dental implants develop a bacterial infection it can lead to peri-implantitis, which is an inflammatory disease that depletes the jawbone and loosens the anchorage on your dental implants. This disease will cause your implants to fall out and your oral function and health will revert back and special measures would have to be taken to assist the damage done to your oral anatomy. In-office visits will help prevent bacteria from further developing underneath the abutment and crown, and allow you to experience all the benefits that dental implants has to offer.

Contact Dr. Spector at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ

Dental implants has been proven to be an effective and life changing system that will restore oral health and function back into your oral anatomy. Your overall health starts with the health of your mouth and for those with dental implants, oral hygiene should be regularly practiced. Dental implants are a wonderful investment and need to be maintained in order to successfully produce the results you desire. For more information or if you have any questions regarding dental implants or your candidacy, then please contact us to schedule your FREE, no obligation consultation today.