5 Tips to Prevent Gum Disease After Getting Dental Implants

5 Tips to Prevent Gum Disease After Getting Dental Implants

After successfully getting dental implants, you need to take steps to prevent gum disease. Without these steps, it’s possible to develop peri-implantitis, a form of gum disease caused by a buildup of plaque that affects the bone and tissue around the dental implant. 

Even though the implant itself is impervious to infection, its stability depends on the health of the surrounding gums and bones, so it’s critical to practice good oral hygiene. 

Below are 5 tips to prevent gum disease after getting dental implants.

1. Brushing

A thorough brushing should be done at least twice daily, just like regular teeth. It is essential to remove food and particles that contribute to plaque buildup. Take your time, and don’t brush too hard, as this can damage your gums. 

2. Flossing

Ideally, you should floss once daily, at whatever time is convenient for you. Floss gets in between the teeth and down into the gums, where bacteria love to hide. Floss reaches the areas that your toothbrush cannot.

3. Mouthwash

Regular rinsing with dentist-approved mouthwash is very helpful in washing away extra particles and preventing the onset of gum disease. Look for one with the ADA seal of approval. You can use it before or after brushing and flossing.

4. Quit Smoking

One of the many reasons to quit smoking is to protect the health of your gums. Smoking restricts healthy blood flow to the gums, which can disguise early symptoms of gum disease, including bleeding. It also weakens the immune system’s ability to fight off infection and heal from any previous damage. 

5. Regular Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are just as important after getting implants as they were before. Your dentist can remove plaque and tartar while checking for any early signs of gum disease, including symptoms that you can easily miss. Regular cleanings are vital if you smoke.


Just because you receive dental implants doesn’t mean you can skip daily hygiene habits and regular dental cleanings. It is essential to maintain healthy gums and bones to make the implants last for years to come. 

Practice healthy oral hygiene habits daily, such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. Don’t forget to schedule your regular dental cleanings too. These steps will help prevent gum disease that could endanger your beautiful new smile. 

Our Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates staff are here to answer your questions and help however we can!