Lack of daily care can lead to mucositis – or bleeding.
If caught early and treated properly, it is reversible. However, if left untreated, mucositis can lead to advanced bone loss (peri-implantitis) when the bone loss becomes irreversible and the implant must be removed.
Oral hygiene aids to protect your dental implants and the health of your teeth and gums.
Your dentist may recommend a variety of tools to help keep your dental implants, natural teeth and gums healthy including:
- An electric toothbrush or a soft, manual tooth brush
- Tartar-control toothpaste
- Dental floss
- Mouthwash or antimicrobial mouthwash
- Interdental brushes to remove plaque between the teeth next to the implants
- Tablets that reveal the locations of plaque build up
In addition to routine oral hygiene maintenance, it is important to visit your dentist every three to six months for a professional exam and cleaning.