Caring for most dental restorations is actually quite similar to the way you care for your natural teeth. Proper care for a dental bridge can be quite a simple process because caring for a dental bridge has few changes from your normal routine. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist remain important for smiles with restorations as for smiles without them. Regular dental visits may be more important if only to give your dentist a chance to check on the state of your bridge or other restoration along with checking on the rest of your smile. While there are not many differences between caring for a bridge and your normal routine, let’s review what may change.
Your Flossing Technique
The recommendation of flossing your teeth at least once a day will remain the same. However, there may come to be a slight difference in the way that you floss and what you floss with. To floss beneath the artificial teeth of a bridge, which are known as pontics, you may need to use floss threaders. Flossing with a threader will involve placing the stiff end of the threaded flosser between the gum line and the dental bridge before carefully pulling until the floss comes between your teeth and your dental bridge. Flossing around your bridge is important because it helps to keep bacteria from building up. While the material of a dental bridge is not susceptible to tooth decay, your gums beneath it are vulnerable to gum disease caused by built up bacteria.
Just Keep Brushing
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps you keep your remaining natural teeth healthy, your dental bridge clean, and helps to promote gum health. Soft bristles are recommended because they are gentle enough for both your natural teeth and your bridge.
Proper care for your smile and your bridge can keep your mouth healthy
A bridge can help restore your smile’s health. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield, TX and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.