Your new bridge represents a serious investment in restoring restoring the full function and appearance of your mouth. Even though it is made from artificial materials that are not subject to tooth decay, the bridge will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Gum disease can still pose a serious threat to the long term function of your bridge. Plaque buildup and residual food particles that are not removed can harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease.
Advanced gum disease can cause gums to pull back from the base of your teeth opening up pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. In time this can cause one or both of the abutments anchoring your bridge to fail.
The best weapon against gum disease is prevention, through a highly effective and diligent oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day to remove food particles and plaque from the bridge and anchoring teeth. You might want to try using interdental brushes, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet, if you are having trouble cleaning around the bridge.
After the bridge and the rest of your natural teeth are clean you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. Just remember that they are not an effective substitute for dental floss.
If you have questions about how to clean your bridge, feel free to call us at 269-375-0800 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find the best way to maintain your bridge.