Do I Floss My New Tooth Implant?


Dental implants are vulnerable to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. An implant from Dennis J. Coleman DDS in Davison requires brushing and flossing, just like natural teeth. The flossing method for your implant, however, 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 prefer the tape style floss over the conventional type because they find it does a better job.

Gentle and Thorough

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Aggressive brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and lead to gum recession.

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is not easy for you to brush with a manual brush, 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 limited mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

A dental implant from Dennis J. Coleman DDS in Davison can make a huge difference in your life, but they must be cared for properly. We can give you further tips, if you would like. Our services include general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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460 S Main St Ste 101
Davidson, North Carolina


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