Your bridge represents a serious investment in your oral health and function as well as speech. With proper care, your bridge has the potential to last for many years to come.
Your bridge requires regular brushing and flossing the same as your natural teeth do. This helps to maintain the health of the gum tissue near the crowns that anchor your bridge in place. Without proper cleaning, food particles and plaque on these teeth can harden into tartar and tartar is the number one cause of gum disease. Left unchecked, chronic gum disease can lead to bone loss in the teeth anchoring the bridge which can cause the bridge to fail.
Some people find the spaces around their bridge and near the gum line to be hard to clean. Interdental brushes have small, angled brush heads. They are small enough to fit into the gaps around your bridge to remove food particles that might otherwise be hard to reach. Dental water jets, are also a popular way to remove food debris from the bridge and the gum line. If you have trouble with flossing the area you could also try a floss threader.
Antiseptic mouthwash 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 how to clean your bridge, feel free to call us at 415-800-7594 to schedule an appointment.