Single tooth – daily care
Important areas to clean:
Your implant-supported tooth, above and below the gumline
In between your neighboring teeth
It may be necessary to modify the brush for the inner side of the teeth and hard-to-reach areas. A power brush can be a good alternative and an easy-to-handle complement. If you have a bridge, make sure to clean under the bridge.
A soft end-tufted brush (interspace brush) is suitable for hard-to-reach areas around your implant-supported tooth or the lingual surfaces (inner side of teeth) and around the implant posts facial side (outer side) of your implant-supported teeth.
The use of an interdental brush (interproximal brush) helps in cleaning the sides of the implant-supported tooth, crown, abutment posts and the surface under the bridge. Use the brush with a back-and-forth stroke, gently pressing it against the side of the implant-supported tooth or abutment posts.
The brush should not be too small, decreasing the cleaning effect, or too big, causing discomfort when brushing. A plastic-coated threading is recommended. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for advice on the technique, size and shape for your interdental brush.
Note: Never use toothpaste in combination with the interdental brush.
In narrow areas, where the interdental brush is hard to use, floss is recommended. Clean the sides of your implant-supported tooth and abutment posts by passing floss (thick floss) back and forth between the implant tooth and the neighboring teeth, or through the space next to the abutment posts. Clean the bridge adjacent to the gumline using a sideways stroke.