Flossing your full mouth dental implants are completely different from flossing your natural teeth. The good news it is may be a lot easier than you thought. Flossing is an essential part of dental implant oral hygiene. In this blog post, we'll go over 4 tips and techniques to make you an expert on flossing around full mouth dental implants from Nuvia.
#4 Use Super Floss
We recommend using a special kind of floss called Superfloss to make flossing your dental implants a breeze. If you do not have superfloss, try a floss threader.
Flossing is designed to clean out the hard to reach areas that your toothbrush might be missing but still need to be cleaned. The only difference between flossing your natural teeth and your dental implants is that instead of flossing between the teeth, you'll be flossing between the top of your teeth and your gum tissue, moving your floss horizontally instead of up and down. Take a look at this picture below.
#3 Use a water flosser
A water flosser is another great tool for cleaning around dental implants. It uses a stream of water to remove plaque and debris from hard-to-reach areas. To use a water flosser, simply aim the stream of water between your implants and your gum tissue, and let the water do the work for you. This is especially helpful for people who have trouble using regular floss or who have sensitive gums.
#2 Be gentle
When it comes to flossing around full mouth dental implants, BE GENTLE! Using a light touch is key to avoiding damage to the implants and surrounding gum tissue. Take your time and floss carefully, making sure to navigate the floss gently between the teeth and around the implants. Try wrapping the floss around the dental implants and sliding the floss over the area for a maximum clean.
It's normal to experience some discomfort or minor bleeding during the first few weeks of flossing. This is because the gum tissue is expelling the bacteria in the gum tissue. However, if you experience persistent bleeding or discomfort, or notice any other concerning symptoms, don’t hesitate to call us. We will be here to support you before and after your dental implant journey.
#1 Make flossing a habit
Getting into a regular flossing routine is critical for maintaining optimal oral hygiene and avoiding periodontal disease with dental implants. It's recommended to floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, to remove any food particles or plaque that may have accumulated throughout the day. Consistent flossing can help prevent bacteria buildup and reduce the risk of gum disease or other dental issues. So, make it a habit and prioritize your dental health by incorporating daily flossing into your oral hygiene routine.
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