If you’ve received a dental implant from Cary Family Dental, you may be wondering whether you need to change your flossing technique at the implant site.
Before you got an implant, we hope you were brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once.
A dental implant requires brushing and flossing as well. This area is especially prone to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. The flossing technique for your tooth implant is a bit different.
Criss-Cross Shoe Shine
Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and swap hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.
Some people the tape style of floss easier to use, and more effective, than standard.
Gentle and Thorough
When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Aggressive brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and lead to gum recession.
Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?
You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type.
Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.
You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have restricted mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.