Posted on 12/7/2020 by Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics
When you get a dental bridge, you need to floss under and next to the bridge, using the same conscientious care toward flossing and brushing as you do your regular teeth. Doing so will lengthen the life of your bridge, and keep your bite even and healthy. The follow information details how you can keep your dental bridge clean so it provides you with 10 or more years of use.
How to Maintain Your Bridge So It Lasts Longer
When you have a dental bridge, flossing is important as well as brushing – just like it is with your natural teeth. The longevity of the bridge will depend on how you take care of the bridge as well as the adjacent teeth. You don't want plaque or food particles to accumulate, as they can trigger decay, inflammation and gum disease. One of the best ways to get rid of food trapped beneath the bridge is to use an air flosser or water flosser. Also, regular brushing and flossing will reduce any risk that bacteria will build up and infect the tissues around the bridge.
What to Do If You Suspect Decay or Gum Infection
If you suspect that you may have gum disease or you have developed decay, call us right away to have a periodontal exam. Don't wait to have this done, as any type of disease progression is just like it sounds – it will get progressively worst. Only a professional cleaning and oral health exam can ensure that you can continue to maintain your smile. While you can use a bridge threader to pull dental floss beneath the bridge for cleaning, you should still use an air flosser or water flosser to clean the bridge as well. Doing so will help guarantee that your bridge will last 15 years or longer instead of the average 10 years, which is the norm for people who don't regularly care for their teeth.
Would you like to know more about placing a bridge in your mouth to fill in the void of one or two missing teeth? If so, give us a call to learn more about the placement process and the associated benefits of wearing a dental bridge.
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