Dental implants need just as much care as natural teeth do.
Once you get an implant, you have to clean it daily to ward off an infection that could cause it to fail. To clean your new “tooth,” you just brush it right along with the rest of your teeth.
But flossing might require a little extra consideration.
What Kind of Floss Should You Use on Implants?
Regular floss that you use for your other teeth should be sufficient for dental implants. The key is being gentle. Rough flossing can damage the gums around an implant post and allow bacteria to sneak in. You should also avoid using any metal tools that could scratch the titanium implant post.
Flossing Alternatives for Dental Implants
Do you have an implant at the very back of your mouth? You can floss around the back of an implant that doesn’t have a neighbor behind it by using a piece of yarn or tufted “fluffy” floss.
Is your implant part of a dental bridge? Try a floss threader to work the floss in between your teeth. If that’s too tedious, then try a kind of floss that has a stiff end you can easily poke underneath the bridge and pull through. Alternatively, try an interproximal brush. This aid has bristles in the shape of a small pine tree. Choose one with a metal-free plastic core, so that it doesn’t scratch the implant.
Like many dental implant patients, you may find a water flosser to be the best method. It will let you gently flush along the gum lines of your implant without the hassle of flossing.
Ask your dentist for more tips on keeping your implants in good health.
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