May 2013 Professional Oral Care Newsletter

New Research on Implant Maintenance

International Association of Dental Research, March 2013

Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine presented findings from a study that compared the Waterpik® Water Flosser to String Floss on reducing bleeding around implants


To compare the efficacy of a Water Flosser to string floss on reducing bleeding around implants.


Subjects were randomized into 2 groups: Group 1 used a manual toothbrush and a Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Plaque® Seeker Tip and tap water. Group 2 used a manual toothbrush and string floss. There were 22 implants in each group and the primary outcome was the reduction in bleeding on probing. Subjects brushed twice daily and used their interdental product once a day.


There were no differences between the groups at baseline. Two subjects (4 implants) withdrew from the study in the string floss group because they did not like using floss. At 30 days, 18 of 22 (81.8%) implants in the Water Flosser group showed a reduction in bleeding compared to 6 of 18 (33.3%) in the string floss group.


The Waterpik® Water Flosser is more effective than string floss for reducing gingival bleeding (mucositis) around implants and is safe to use.


  1. Magnuson B et al. Water Flosser vs. Floss: Comparing reduction in bleeding around implants. J Dent Res 92(Spec Iss A):#3761, 2013

Implant Maintenance - Is there an ideal approach?

Compendium, May 2013, Vol 34, issue 5
By Deborah Lyle, RDH, MS
Published by AEGIS Communications


"For most patients, choosing to replace teeth with dental implants, whether it is a single tooth, several teeth or to anchor a denture is a significant investment, both physically and financially. Home maintenance is paramount to achieving a long-lasting, optimally functional, and comfortable prosthetic solution. While a standard of care for implant maintenance based on available research specific to implants has yet to be established, there are effective means and strategies for patients to clean the areas under and around implants and various prosthetic replacements."

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Did you Know?

  • Successful implant treatment can only be built upon a solid base of healthy dentition
  • Implants require just as much, if not more care than natural teeth when it comes to oral hygiene
  • Biofilm build-up in and around implants can lead to mucositis and peri-implantitis
  • Peri-implant diseases are one of the risk factors for implant failure
  • The Waterpik® Water Flosser is better than string floss for reducing bleeding around implants