Your new bridge is designed to restore the full function and appearance of a missing tooth. Even though the bridge is made artificial materials that are not subject to tooth decay, it will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene regimen.
Residual food particles and plaque buildup can quickly harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease. Left unchecked gum disease can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth creating pockets of infection. This constant bacterial presence might even be able to work its way into seam where your bridge is cemented to the abutments. In time gum disease can even weaken the bone structure anchoring one or both abutments into your jaw.
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day helps remove food particles and plaque before it can harden into tartar. You could also try using an interdental brush, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet, if you’re having troubles cleaning the area where the bridge meets the gum line.
Once you are done brushing and flossing you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to wash away loose food particles and kill residual bacteria.
If you have questions about how to clean your bridge, feel free to call us at 952-894-2545 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find the best way to maintain your bridge.