At OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we hope that even before you got a dental implant you were brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once.
A dental implant requires brushing and flossing as well. This area is especially susceptible to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. The flossing procedure for your 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 trade hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.
Some people find the tape style floss does a better job than conventional type.
Gentle and Thorough
When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Aggressive brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and cause gum recession.
Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?
You can use just about any type of toothbrush. If it’s difficult for you to use a manual, 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 diminished mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.
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