At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we want to help you with your dental implant questions.
Do I need to change my flossing technique for a dental 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 dental implant requires brushing and flossing as well. This area is especially prone to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. The flossing method 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 switch 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. Too-forceful 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.
We may also prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have limited mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.
Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.
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