Do I Floss My New Dental Implant?


Dental implants are among the special procedures we perform at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. Patients usually ask a lot of good questions about their new implants. A really good one is: Do I need to change my flossing technique for an implant?

Brushing and flossing should be part of your daily dental care. Like your natural teeth, a permanent dental implant also requires brushing and flossing. Otherwise it is susceptible to the same plaque buildup. If it isn’t cleaned off every day, it could lead to a condition called peri-implantitis, which is similar to gum disease. It could result in the loss of the implant.

So keep that new implant clean! Here are some tips:

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 men and women prefer the tape style floss over the 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 bring about gum recession.

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is difficult 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 diminished mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

Dental implants have been called one of the great advances in modern dentistry. The implants from Arbor Lakes Dental look and function like natural teeth, but it’s essential you keep them clean, just like natural teeth. Our services include family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:


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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota


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