Quiz: Flossing, Brushing, And Dental Implants

When patients receive dental implants, they often become hyper-concerned about the daily care they will be providing themselves going forward. Of course, we appreciate the level of dedication patients have for their oral health. However, feeling overwhelmed or worried about your smile after receiving implants is not necessary. The care you provide for your smile free of prosthetic devices is nearly identical to the suggestions we set forth for your post-implant life. Allow us to cover some common concerns with a helpful quiz.

Quiz Questions: True or False?

  1. True or False: Even though you can choose between a manual and electric toothbrush with your natural teeth, the same is not true of your dental implants. You can only use a manual brush on them.
  2. True or False: When you brush your smile, you don’t need to brush around your implants or brush your restorations unless you want to.
  3. True or False: If you have difficulty flossing around dental implants, you’ll just have to practice.

Quiz Answers

  1. False. You are free to use either a manual brush or electric brush on your smile after receiving implants and restorations. Remember that your implant posts and the restorations are very durable, so treat them like your own teeth!
  2. False. Brushing your smile thoroughly (whether you’re brushing porcelain or other artificial tissue or your own teeth) is of the utmost importance. While plaque will not destroy a crown or implant, it will inflame and infect surrounding gum tissue.
  3. False. If you have trouble flossing, we will help you. Remember that flossing daily is still absolutely essential. We will show you how to floss around implants and may make product suggestions for items like floss threaders or “superfloss,” so you can experience easy flossing sessions.