Dr. Judy Strutz suggests, "brushing removes food debris from the surface of the teeth as well as removing food under the gum line." Food that has access to the gums for too long, increases the amount of acid on the tooth, which can penetrate the gum line. More buildup of bacteria along the gum line subsequently causes your teeth to become loose, and can potentially create a situation where your implant is unstable. Calculus and biofilm can build up on the surface of your implant. "If this occurs, your dentist may need a special tool to remove the calculus from your teeth in order to prevent more damage," says Dr. Strutz.
Without proper care, just like a tooth, the implant can become infected. Brushing and flossing ensures your implants last a long time.
If you notice any build-up or haven’t had your implants checked in the last twelve months, call Dr. Judy Strutz for more information on how to get on track with keeping your implants and your mouth healthy.