You might think that missing a brushing session just once is no big deal. You may think that since you’ve gotten away with not flossing for so many years without serious problems, you might as well continue on without it. We understand that at a glance, a bit of a lax approach doesn’t seem like it’s going to lead to severe consequences. However, it’s actually extremely important that you practice exceptional care, especially if you have dental implants. Let’s cover some significant details. (And remember, maintenance is actually very simple).
Get To Know Plaque
Your smile becomes coated every single day, day after day, with something known as biofilm or plaque. This substance is somewhat soft but sticky enough to adhere to teeth and your dental implant restorations. It’s easy to clean away with brushing and flossing when the plaque is soft. Here’s where things get tricky: In as little as 24 hours, it can turn into an extraordinarily hard, stubborn substance we know as calculus (or tartar). It’s not going to budge unless you receive a professional dental cleaning.
Plaque Is Your Enemy
Now you have a better idea of how plaque works and the limited window in which you have to remove it. Why is this so important, though, you wonder? Well, consider the details:
- Plaque is loaded with bacteria that irritate your gums and that can erode tooth tissue
- Tartar (and additional plaque) will accumulate, often migrating beneath your gums
- When plaque and tartar take over, you may end up with decay, gum disease, and infection
- Protecting the success of your dental implants means avoiding inflammation
- Protecting remaining natural teeth and your overall oral health means avoiding inflammation, decay, and more, so brush and floss exactly as suggested
Protect Implants With Optimal Care
Remember to ask your questions about caring for your smile with dental implants when you’re at your next visit. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.