A bridge used to replace two or more lost teeth represents a serious investment in your long-term oral health and function. With proper care and cleaning, a bridge has the potential to last the rest of your life.
Regular brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque buildup, which reduces the risk of developing periodontal disease. If left unchecked for too long, it can lead to bone loss in the teeth that anchor the bridge, which can cause the bridge to fail.
Interdental brushes are common tools used to help clean around a bridge. They are essentially just small, narrow brushes designed to help remove plaque and food particles from gaps between teeth. They are small enough to fit into the gaps around your bridge to remove food particles that might otherwise be hard to reach.
Oral irrigators and dental water jets use a small stream of water to help gently remove food debris from between teeth and around the bridge. An antiseptic mouthwash that has earned the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance can also help wash away food particles and kill bacteria. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the value of flossing in your oral hygiene regimen.
If you have questions about getting a bridge or how to maintain healthy gums for an existing bridge, please feel free to call us at 415-800-7594 to schedule an appointment.