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30

Should You Floss Your Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant surgery is only the beginning of your new smile. To keep it securely in your mouth for good, you must care for it like a natural tooth. This includes daily flossing!

Why Implants Need to be Flossed

While your dental implants can’t get cavities, the teeth on either side of it can. Flossing around your implant will remove bacteria and food acids trapped against the neighboring teeth.

You also need to remember that your dental implant can affect the health of your gums and jawbone. If you don’t floss your implant, plaque bacteria can trigger inflammation in the gum and bone that eventually result in the loss of the implant.

Flossing Considerations for Dental Implants

You won’t be able to slip floss as far below the gum line around an implant as you would on other teeth. Be careful to not pull very hard on the floss or you can cut the gums and break the seal around your implant. Avoid any interdental cleaners with metal or abrasive parts that can scratch either the crown or the titanium implant post.

How to Floss Your Dental Implant

Flossing an implant is a bit unusual, but not difficult. First, gently slide the floss up and down against the sides of the implant where it touches against other teeth. Don’t push so hard that you cut down into the gums.

Next, slowly scoot the floss down until it reaches the base of the implant crown. Pull it against the implant post in a U-shape and cross the ends of the floss. Gently tug back and forth to wipe away plaque on the implant’s surface.

Ask your dentist for more tips on easy dental implant care.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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