Dental implant (single or multiple) restorations present a hygiene challenge due to their infinite locations and shapes. No single toothbrush, manual or powered, and no particular type of dental floss has been shown to be superior for cleaning purposes. Given the substantial investment in dental implant restorations, this is a problem.
Water Pik, Inc. makes an oral irrigation device called a water flosser. It is an easy to use device with ten pressure settings and five different tips. It can clean both above and below the gumline, in between teeth, and under and around implants and different prosthetic designs. It can remove plaque biofilm. It has been show to be more effective than string floss. It can be used in conjunction with antibacterial solutions, such as chlorhexidine, and salt water.
For more information, see: www.waterpik.com
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309