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Do I need to change my flossing technique for a tooth implant?

Before you got a tooth implant, hopefully, you were brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. If you wore dentures, you should have been cleaning them with a denture paste and brushing the soft tissues in your mouth.

A tooth implant requires brushing and flossing as well. This area is especially susceptible 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 prefer the tape style floss over the conventional type.

Gentle and Thorough

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Vigorous 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. If it is not easy for you to brush with a manual brush, try an electric or sonic style. 

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 limited mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

 

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