Good Oral Care Is Critical for Your Dental Implants

Even if you have undergone dental implant therapy, it is still important to maintain regular checkups with Harrell Dental Implant Center to ensure the health of your gums and bone. Even when you have full implants, gingivitis and gum disease can pose a serious threat to your oral health and even your general well-being if you do not brush and floss on a daily basis. Get more details about the potential problems here:

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque bacteria on the tissues that surround the teeth. Plaque, a naturally occurring biofilm containing bacteria, can lead to gingivitis if not removed by daily brushing.

Who Can Get Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is quite prevalent. But while almost 80% of adults will experience some symptoms of gingivitis, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s inevitable. It’s important to note that occasionally there might be no noticeable pain or apparent signs, leaving people unaware that they have it. That’s another good reason to schedule regular checkups with your dental professional every six months so he or she can identify it and suggest treatment options.

Gingivitis Symptoms

Some symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Chronic gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and chronic bad breath. If these symptoms persist, it’s important to talk with your dental professional to determine the best treatment. In the meantime, learn what you can do to protect against gingivitis. More details at Oral B

No Early Symptoms But Unwelcome Results

Dental implant surgery patients are given a complete oral assessment prior to their procedure. Many are surprised to hear that they are at risk for developing gum disease because there is no bleeding, pain or discomfort. Your best bet to ward off any issues is to stay proactive in your oral health with daily brushing, flossing and swishing.

Are you at risk for gingivitis? Find out below:

Risk factors for gingivitis

The following are risk factors for gingivitis:

  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • diabetes
  • consuming certain medications (oral contraceptives, steroids, anticonvulsants, calcium channel blockers, and chemotherapy)
  • crooked teeth
  • dental appliances that fit poorly
  • broken fillings
  • pregnancy
  • genetic factors
  • compromised immunity (such as HIV/AIDS patients) Continue reading at Healthline

Harrell Dental Implant Center Will Protect Your Smile

Dr. Robert Harrell and the entire HDIC staff believes in empowering and educating patients to be an equal partner in their dental and implant care. Having the proper information is the key to maintaining a healthy and brilliant smile after implant therapy. Here are more reasons to be diligent with your mouth care from

Peri-Implant Diseases

Peri-implant diseases are inflammatory conditions affecting the soft and hard gum tissues around dental implants. Similar to a natural tooth, bacteria can build up on the base of the implant, below the gum line. Over time, the bacteria irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed, damaging the tissue and if not caught early, causing the bone structure below the implant to deteriorate.

Peri-implant diseases are classified into two categories.

In peri-implant mucositis, gum inflammation is found only around the soft tissues of the dental implant, with no signs of bone loss. Generally peri-implant mucositis is a precursor to peri-implantitis. Evidence suggests that peri-implant mucositis may be successfully treated and is reversible if caught early

Peri-implant mucositis

In peri-implantitis, gum inflammation is found around the soft tissue and there is deterioration in the bone supporting the dental implant. Peri-implantitis usually requires surgical treatment. Additional info at Perio

Harrell Dental Implant Center is the Charlotte area leader for dental implant procedures of all varieties. Book your free consultation with us today to learn more about the benefits of implants, from single tooth replacement to full mouth restoration with an All-on-4 implant. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the HDIC website to make your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.