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Your gums are the foundation for your teeth and implants. Imagine a tree that is planted in the earth. Without the earth surrounding the roots to support them, the tree would eventually fall. Gums act similarly as the support structure for your teeth and, with correct care at home and regular visits to your dentist, healthy gums can help you retain your teeth and implants for life.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums due to bacteria and is usually first noticed by red, and swollen, or ‘puffy’ gums that bleed when brushed. Gingivitis, if not treated, can lead to periodontitis which affects not only the gums but the tooth root ligaments and connective tissues also, thus attacking those tooth foundations, and being the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Similar to periodontitis, periodontal disease can develop around dental implants as well, it's called peri-implantitis.
Because the bacteria from within the periodontal pockets can spread into the bloodstream, it can lead to inflammation in other areas of the body also. Gum disease has been linked with heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes, to name a few, so you can see why gum health is so important. Your oral health is another component of your overall general health and should not be neglected!
Caring for your dental implants is very similar to caring for your own teeth. Brushing twice a day with a soft toothbrush and flossing daily, together with regular professional hygiene visits that match the maintenance of your natural teeth, are the key to implant longevity.
Just as your natural teeth, if not cared for adequately, can develop periodontitis (gum and bone recession), neglected dental implants can develop peri-implantitis which can cause soft tissue and bone loss. In some cases this can lead to the loss of your implants.
There are 3 easy steps to maintain your dental implants:
Your dental implants will last a long time if you take care of them.