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If you recently had your smile restored, it’s likely that you are already enjoying life after dental implant surgery. You are eating food without complication, you’ve taken the right steps to ensure the future health of your mouth and ultimately, you are pleased with your new found confidence, all thanks to your dental implant.

With adequate dental implant aftercare, which includes home care and professional maintenance, your new teeth will last you a lifetime.

As dental implants aren’t ‘live’ per se, it’s understandable to be confused over the type of aftercare that is required for dental implants. Do you brush and floss implants as you do regular teeth? Will food easily get stuck around the implant?

That said, it is worth taking a few moments to ensure you fully understand the best options for dental implant aftercare.

Why Dental Implant Hygiene is Often Overlooked

Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common reasons why a dental implant has failed prematurely.

As the dental implant materials themselves are not susceptible to tooth decay, without sufficient knowledge of oral hygiene best practice, it is plausible for people to assume they don’t need care and hygiene is therefore overlooked.

However, it is vital to ensure your gums remain healthy to maximise the longevity of your dental implants.

A build-up of plaque can damage the tissues surrounding the implant and may lead to an infection of the bone that secures the implant, this is called peri-implantitis.