June 24, 2021
Unlike other tooth-replacement options, dental implants can last for 30+ years with proper care. Fortunately, maintaining them doesn’t require any special cleaning products either – you can use the same best practices you implement to preserve your natural teeth! One of the most important of which is flossing. However, it is essential to know that flossing with dental implants is a bit different. Keep reading for a few helpful tips.
Why Flossing Is Important
Unfortunately, many patients view flossing as optional. In reality, it is essential to preserving your natural teeth and preventing dental implant failure! After all, brushing alone only cleans about 60% of the surface of your teeth. To prevent dental problems, like cavities and gum disease, you should floss at least once a day.
How Flossing with Dental Implants Is Different
While your gums and your natural teeth are connected via the periodontal ligament, the same cannot be said for dental implants. This tooth-replacement solution has a seal that isn’t filled with nerves, meaning you won’t experience pain or discomfort when it breaks. That may initially sound like a good thing, but those signals are designed to prevent you from pushing too hard into the gum pocket. Therefore, you run the risk of bacteria accessing the bone and wreaking havoc on your implant post. To prevent that from happening it is important to exercise caution and follow the proper technique.
Tips for Flossing with Dental Implants
When it comes to your oral hygiene routine, flossing before or after brushing doesn’t make much of a difference (as long as you do it!). To ensure you can confidently care for your dental implants throughout the years, your dentist will demonstrate how to floss during your initial consultation or at your post-operative appointment. Here are a few common best practices:
- Gently slide the dental floss between each tooth.
- Use a “C” motion to clean around the base of each tooth.
- Move onto a clean piece of floss.
- Repeat the process.
If you have any difficulty or need a refresher, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dental team.
Dental implants can be life-changing, effectively restoring your smile, bite, and speech. To enjoy all the benefits of this tooth-replacement solution, make sure to prioritize their care by committing to a solid flossing routine!
About the Practice
For more than two decades now, our team at Estrada Dentistry has provided family-oriented care, world-class dentistry, and phenomenal service to nearby patients. We are proud to offer a comprehensive array of treatments, including the entire dental implant process, in-house. As a result, you’ll have the same reliable, friendly, experienced team by your side every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about flossing with dental implants or would like to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at 757-548-1611.
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