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How to Floss Your Implants

The most important thing that you can do for oral hygiene is flossing. It reaches and removes plaque and food particles in places that a toothbrush can’t reach. However, most people don’t realize that they aren’t using the correct technique which is a recipe for gingivitis, cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Here are a couple tips to make sure that you’re flossing correctly to these oral problems:
  1. Start with 18” of floss and wind them around two of your fingers. Leave an inch or two to work with.
  2. Slide the floss in between your teeth in an up and down motion. Make sure that you wrap the floss in a c shape around the base of each tooth and go beneath the gum line.
  3. Use clean sections of the floss for each tooth.
There are many different types of floss that can be used such as waxed, un-waxed, or dental tape. Check with your Arvada dentist about which type is right for your teeth. Flossing is essential to keep bacteria and periodontitis from forming around implants and is the best way to make sure that you won’t need to replace them anytime soon. Prevention of periodontitis is essential as it can weaken your gums and the implant could eventually fall out. Flossing is a very important step in removing as much plaque bacteria in the spaces between your teeth, called interdental spaces. Interdental brushing is just as important to keep your implants healthy. If you just had the tooth implanted, the implant site is often sensitive. At this stage, it’s helpful to use antibacterial mouth rinses or gels.

Flossing twice daily is ideal along with brushing for a full two minutes. Be mindful as you floss to ensure that you are effectively cleaning every tooth correctly to prevent larger dental bills in the future. Have more questions? Contact Complete Dental Care today to get expert advice on your implants and oral health.