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How To Floss Effectively Around Dental Implants

August 29, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 11:06 am
man flossing around his dental implants in Columbia

Tooth loss is one of the most widespread oral health concerns among U.S. adults today, as over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. The most effective treatment for addressing this condition is dental implants, as they replace pearly whites, preserve the jawbone, and can last a lifetime with proper care! So, how exactly do you maintain them? Read on to learn what you should know about flossing with dental implants.

The Importance of Flossing with Dental Implants

While brushing your teeth is an essential part of good oral hygiene, it typically only cleans about 60% of the surface of your smile. Debris and food particles can also get lodged between your teeth where it’s hard to reach. If left unchecked, this can cause bacteria and plaque to accumulate around your mouth, increasing the risk of more serious issues like decay and gum disease. Since these complications can be detrimental to your dental implants, you’ll want to make sure to floss thoroughly at least once a day to make the most of your new teeth.

What To Know When Flossing with Dental Implants

Modern dental implants may appear and work exactly like your natural smile, but there are some key differences when flossing them. With your permanent teeth, you’ll have a periodontal ligament that signals when you’ve pushed the strand against your gums too roughly. A dental implant, however, will be attached to a weaker seal (a peri-implant seal) which won’t contain the same nerves. For this reason, you’ll need to be careful and gentle while flossing, as you won’t want to injure or damage your gum tissue. Be sure to consult your dentist about maintaining your teeth, and they can walk you through the proper technique for cleaning your dental implants.

How Else Should I Care for My Dental Implants?

Although flossing is important for maintaining your smile, it isn’t the only aspect of keeping your teeth in pristine condition. To guarantee the success of your dental implants, consider practicing the following methods:

  • Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day.
  • Drink ample amounts of water throughout the day.
  • Refrain from munching on hard or crunchy foods, like peanut brittle.
  • Avoid overindulging in sugary treats and drinks, such as candy and soda.
  • Stick to a nutrient-rich diet.
  • Schedule routine visits to your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

While dental implants can restore your missing teeth and preserve a more youthful facial shape, you’ll need to take care of them properly for them to work. By practicing these few tips and flossing correctly, you should be able to enjoy your renewed smile for many years to come!

About the Author

Dr. Victor Beck graduated from the University of Tennessee and has been practicing excellent care for well over 40 years. He’s also a member of several organizations such as the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He provides numerous advanced and comprehensive services, including checkups/cleanings and dental implants. If you’d like to schedule your next visit, feel free to check out our website or call 931-236-2141.

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