Dental bridges are typically created from special durable dental materials that will not suffer from cavities. However, problems with periodontal health and poor oral hygiene can still affect the two abutments that anchor your new dental bridge in your mouth.
To prevent undue complications with your dental bridge you will need to pay special attention to your dental work in your daily oral hygiene regimen. If plaque and food deposits are not removed from the base of your dental bridge near the gumline, it might promote gum disease. As time goes by, this could weaken one of the abutments holding your bridge in your mouth.
If you find that you’re having trouble cleaning your teeth and dental work you might want to try using a few special oral hygiene tools.
An interdental brush is basically miniature toothbrushes with a small tapered head. It can allow you to hard to clean areas. A floss threader is a simple loop shaped tool. When its loaded with waxed dental floss the strand can be easily inserted around your dental bridge.
A dental water flosser or oral irrigator might also be helpful for cleaning away food particles near the gumline. They are designed to create a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.
If you had a dental bridge installed at Dr. Damon P. Swenson’s dental office in Orem, Utah and you have oral hygiene questions, you can always call 801-224-7337 to speak to someone at CrossPointe Dental.