2 Tools To Use When Flossing Your Mouth After Getting Dental Implants

After you get dental implants inserted, flossing between them is a task that is just as important as when you floss your natural teeth. However, while it should not take you much more time to care for them, the task becomes easier and safe if you have the right tool for the job. Instead of using string floss that can get caught at the bottoms of the implants, consider using one or both of the following tools when flossing your teeth

1.  Use Dental Tape Instead of String Floss

When you use string floss, you typically push it down between the teeth and then pull up. While this technique may be acceptable for flossing between your own teeth, you may accidentally pull on the bottom corner of one of your implants and either shift its position or pull it out completely. And, even if you change the way you floss, there is still a chance that the string may catch on the edge.

Instead of using string floss, switch it out with dental tape. The tape is flat and wide with a smooth surface that does not snag on the bottoms of your implants. While using the tape, use a motion that resembles shining a pair of shoes on each tooth on the sides of the gap. This will ensure that you remove any stuck-on food without damaging your implants.

2.  Rinse Between Your Teeth with a Water Flosser

Another tool that you can either use in place of floss or in conjunction with dental tape is a water flosser. The flosser itself does not come into direct contact with the implants. Instead, it delivers a gentle stream of water between the gaps of your teeth and implants that removes food particles and cleanses the surfaces.

If you are concerned about bacterial growth, especially if your implants are new and more susceptible to infection, you can fill the flosser's reservoir with an antibacterial mouthwash. The flosser will then cleanse the spaces while delivering the mouthwash where bacteria can hide. If you are uncertain as to which mouthwash to use, ask your dentist for their recommendation. 

While taking care of your implants does not take much more time than performing your normal oral hygiene routine, using the right tools can help you maintain their condition and cleanliness. For more information or recommendations, speak with a dentist from a dental implant service.