One advantage of dental implants is they are simple to maintain. Many patients find it similar to taking care of their natural teeth. Flossing can require a little more thought because implants are attached differently than natural teeth. Your periodontist can provide tips for flossing dental implants after permanent placement. Read more about flossing around dental implants and what you need to know.
What is the Proper Way to Floss Around Dental Implants?
You should floss at least two times a day before or after brushing your teeth. Start with 12 to 18 inches of dental floss and wrap each end around your middle fingers; the space between should be about 2 to 3 inches long when you’re done. Let the floss slide between your teeth; focus on making sure it rubs along the side of the implant and the restoration is supports. Carefully work the floss around the base of the implant so that it forms a C shape. Once you’re done cleaning, slowly work the floss out, move on to a clean piece, and repeat the process with the rest of your mouth.
What If You’re Having Trouble?
Some people have a hard time flossing the traditional way when they have dental implants. You may opt for a floss threader instead to help guide the cleaning process. Instead of wrapping the floss around your finger, you’ll thread it through the loop at the end of the threader. Then you’ll carefully insert the sharper end of the tool between the gums and implants, slowly bringing the floss underneath the teeth in question.
Another option is to forego traditional flossing and use a water flosser instead. This device uses pressurized water to gently free food particles and plaque that have built up around your implants. This gives you the benefits of flossing without the floss.
If you are unsure of the best method for you, talk to your periodontist. Any periodontist will have more than a few suggestions to help you find a personalized solution for cleaning and protecting your smile so your implants can last for many years to come. And your teeth too for that matter!
About the Author
Dr. Alexander Schrott is a highly trained dental implant specialist who has received training in the United States, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, he offers state-of-the-art implant care at Schrott Perio Implants in Belmont and is happy to offer his patients advice on the best ways to take care of their teeth. To schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (617) 484-9240.