Your new bridge is a very effective way to restore the full function of multiple lost teeth. Even though your new bridge is made from materials which are unaffected by tooth decay, it will still require consideration as part of your daily hygiene routine.

Plaque can still build up on your bridge like any other tooth in your mouth. Over time this can harden into tartar near the gum line, which can easily lead to gum disease. Advanced gum disease, which is known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to recede creating pockets of infection in the actual gum tissue. In time this can cause a failure of the cement that holds your bridge to the abutments or cause decay deep in the roots of the abutments.

Because of this, you will need to brush and floss your teeth twice a day to remove food particles and plaque from the bridge and anchoring teeth. You can follow this up by vigorously rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash.

If you find that there are hard to reach spots around your bridge, you might want to try using interdental brushes with angled heads. Some people also like to use dental water jets, or oral irrigators to rinse away food particles where their bridge meets the gums.

If you’re having trouble flossing the area, you might want to try using a floss threader that dispenses wax coated floss.

The most effective way to remove tartar from your teeth is a regular dental cleaning. So be sure to attend for a dental checkup every six months to maintain your bridge and a healthy smile.

If you have any further questions about how to clean your bridge or would like to schedule your dental checkup, feel free to call Donna Peterson DDS at 209-473-2521 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find the best way to maintain your bridge.