After one of our patients gets a dental implant here at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, one of the first things we discuss is how to care for it. Most ask: is it any different than caring for natural teeth? Do I need to change my flossing technique?
The answer is: it’s similar, but not exactly the same. A dental implant requires brushing and flossing, not much different than the way you’ve always done it. The implant area is prone to plaque build-up and inflammation, if not cleaned every day.
The flossing method for an implant goes like this:
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 find that dental tape is easier to work with, and does a better job, than standard string floss.
Gentle and Thorough
When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. We can give you a recommendation. Vigorous brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and result in gum recession.
Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?
You can use a manual brush, but if using one is difficult, 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 restricted mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.
If this sounds like extra effort, rest assured it is worth it. Dental implants are one of the most important advances in the history of dentistry, and they’re available at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO. We also offer general and family dentistry, and many other services. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!