Teeth Implant Care – Types Of Dental Floss

Numerous individuals have undergone dental implant treatment to restore their missing teeth. Commonly referred to as teeth implants, dental implants are small inserts that are fitted into the jawbone to anchor artificial teeth. More than 90 percent of teeth implants placed today are manufactured from titanium, and are shaped like tiny screws.

After a patient undergoes teeth implant treatment, their dental implantologist will advise them about taking proper care of their new teeth, to ensure that the teeth implants last for a long time. One tip commonly recommended by dental implantologists is to floss regularly, around the dental implants and abutments.

What is dental floss?

The term dental floss is a misnomer, as floss used for cleaning teeth is usually made from cotton or nylon fibres, rather than any kind of ‘floss’. The fibres used in the manufacture of dental floss are extremely thin, and are strung to each other to form stretchable strings. They are generally available in different flavours like peppermint, strawberry, cinnamon, and even bacon. In addition, there are different types of floss for different requirements.

Some types of dental floss which might be suggested for patients who have undergone teeth implant treatment are:

  • Wax coated floss: This type of dental floss does not fray as easily as other types of floss. However, it can be much thicker than floss that is not coated with wax.
  • Unwaxed floss: This floss is more affordable than wax-coated floss. However, it usually breaks very easily, especially when cleaning around teeth implants and abutments. Sometimes, it may also stick to the implants, or cause a squeaking sound, when it is run over the metal.
  • Teflon-coated floss: This floss slides more easily between prosthetic teeth anchored by dental implants and natural teeth. The major downside of this type of floss is its lower cleaning power, compared to non-Teflon floss.
  • Floss with fluoride: Commonly added to tooth paste or recommended in diets, fluoride helps protect the teeth enamel, and prevents sugar acids from forming inside the mouth. Dental floss which contains fluoride helps to prevent the generation of glycolysis in the mouth.
  • Chlorhexidine soaked floss: Chlorhexidine is known to prevent the growth of bacteria and germs, and also fights dental caries. It generally costs a lot more than other types of dental floss.

The types of dental floss listed above are usually available in different thicknesses for different needs. If you are wondering which type of floss is right for you, ask your dental implantologist, who will be able to suggest the most suitable one, depending on your particular case.