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How to Floss Around Your Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are not real teeth so you don’t need to floss around them, right?  Wrong!  It is still very important to floss around your dental implant as if it were a real tooth.  Why?  The germs in your mouth that cause gum disease around your natural teeth can also cause gum disease around your dental implant.

You need to remove the germs in the plaque biofilm that builds up around your artificial root and natural teeth each day.  This will help to prevent puffy, bleeding gums as well as bone loss around your implant and teeth.

What is the Proper Method for Flossing Around Dental Implants?

  1. Use a dental floss that has a rigid part and a spongy part to each piece of floss.  The rigid part will help guide the floss between your implant and another tooth.  The spongy part will help to remove the germs in the sticky plaque biofilm around your implant.
  2. Once you have pulled the floss through between your implant and another tooth, wrap the spongy part around the implant and under the crown.  Use a side to side motion with the spongy part, almost like you are shining your shoes.
  3. Make slight up and down motions along the implant just into the gum pocket.
  4. Pull the floss all the way through, and repeat step 2 to floss around the other side of the implant.  This way, you will be able to floss around the entire implant.

Are you still unsure if you are flossing your dental implant properly?  Visit your dentist to have your teeth examined and cleaned.  At that time, you will be able to discuss how your gums around your implant looks and if you need to make changes to your technique.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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