Having a mix of both your original teeth and dental implants can understandably raise a few questions on care to care for each one. Today we will be focusing on flossing- can you use regular floss on both teeth and implants, or do you need a special type of floss to use with the artificial teeth?
Avoid Using Traditional Dental Floss
When it comes to flossing implants, it is best to avoid traditional floss as floss particles can become stuck under the implanted tooth. You can use dental floss on teeth that are at a distance from implants, but if you are looking to use one type of floss for all- water flossing is an option.
Water flossing involves a tiny water jet that shoots a stream of water at high pressures to get rid of plaque between teeth. What’s great about this method is that they are able to be used on both your original teeth and implants. Just be sure to get the spaces between your gums and the dental implant.
Another alternative to traditional flossing. Interdental brushes are like tiny toothbrushes made to get between spaces dental floss is designed to fit. Like a water flosser, these are able to be safely used on both natural teeth and implants.
When talking about a flossing method designed for implants in mind, floss threaders are ultimately the best when it comes to the precision it provides. They are made out of different materials than traditional floss, such as plastic, and they won’t leave strands of particles as dental floss can. If you don’t mind using separate floss for your original teeth and implants, this is an effective option to go for.
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