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So you finally got the dental implants you’ve been needing, and things are great. You are biting, chewing, and speaking like normal, and people are commenting on your vibrant new smile. You want to do everything you can to keep your new smile as healthy and brilliant as it is now. What should you do?

One of the great benefits of dental implants is that they require no real changes to your oral hygiene routine. You can still brush, floss, and rinse as normal. In fact, you should do those things, even if you received a full arch restoration. Even though the replacement teeth are not vulnerable to decay, plaque can still accumulate on them. If this happens, gum disease is just around the corner. Removing plaque is not only good for teeth, but it prevents gum disease.

Depending on the reason for needing a dental implant, an increased focus on oral hygiene might be appropriate. Replacing a tooth that has been lost to disease or decay does not make the remaining teeth immune to problems. Issues like gum disease can eventually affect the implant by weakening the bone in which it is anchored. Careful oral hygiene is essential to keep your new smile for life.

If the nature of your implants require additional maintenance or care, we will cover each point carefully with you. But most implants require no more than your natural teeth. To learn more about dental implants and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brett Langston, please call Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta in Decatur, GA, today.