• Can You Floss Your Dental Implants?

    One of the advantages of dental implants is that you can care for them as you would your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, which have to be removed for cleaning, you can brush your dental implants just like your other teeth. One common question people have about implants has to do with flossing. Is flossing necessary—and safe—for a dental implant?


    Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine, and you shouldn’t skip your implant when you are flossing the rest of your teeth. There may be additional space between your implants and gums compared with your natural teeth, so be sure to get into that area with your floss. You can use regular floss or your dentist may recommend a special kind of floss that is easier to use with dental implants. This kind of floss is attached to a firm handle so that it is easy to get under the implants.


    Your Chicago dentist at University Associates in Dentistry will help you learn how to keep your dental implants in top condition, so that they look and feel healthy. To find out more, call our practice today at (312) 704-5511.

  • A Brief Look at the History of Floss

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    Have you ever wondered what ancient cavemen used to clean their teeth after snacking on a juicy tortoise? It turns out that their idea of dental floss was a pointy stick. Compare that to the soft, waxed floss available today, and you might suddenly discover that flossing isn’t such a chore, after all. It’s thought that modern dental floss has its roots in 1815, when a dentist in New Orleans told his patients to work a silk thread between their teeth to remove food debris.

    Silken floss became popular, but it wasn’t until 1882 that the first commercial floss was developed, also from silk. Silk, which is made by a species of caterpillar, remained in use until the 1940s, when it was replaced with nylon. Today, you can find floss made from all sorts of materials—including Gore-Tex—and all different styles.

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  • What Are the Different Types of Dental Floss?

    Just as visiting the dentist should become a regular part of patients’ lives, so too should flossing. Flossing is a daily habit that should be done before or after brushing the teeth in the morning or evening.

    As seen in this short video, there are several types of floss that patients can find at their local drugstore. These floss options may include waxed, unwaxed, flavored, flavor-free, and many more options. In the end, patients should test out different versions until they find their preferred floss type.

    University Associates in Dentistry is made up of talented and knowledgeable dentists for the benefit of our patients. Whether patients require a specialist or a general dentist , they will receive the utmost care with their teeth implants, periodontal concerns, and so much more. Please call us at (312) 704-5511 to schedule a dental consultation in Chicago for more information.