One of the best ways to replace the gaps in your smile due to missing teeth is by getting a dental bridge. This fixed dental restoration significantly helps you achieve a strong and aesthetically pleasing bite that will last for many years, even after missing some teeth.
Getting a dental bridge to replace your missing teeth will help you regain the confidence that was once lost while also preventing problems like bone loss, shifting of the teeth, tooth loss, and other complications from occurring.
However, like any other restorations, dental bridges do not last forever and are not indestructible. Whether you have just received your dental bridge or still planning on getting one, knowing how to clean it properly is vital. That is because the proper maintenance of a dental bridge helps in extending its lifespan and also helps its wearer avoid oral health issues.
Cleaning your dental bridge
Since you have natural teeth under your dental bridge, tooth decay can still occur. Here are some tips that our team here at Avalon Dental Group highly suggests you to follow to ensure that you get the most out of your restoration.
Brush your dental bridge
When brushing your dental bridge, you can either use a soft-bristled manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. In order to ensure that the gum lines are cleaned, particularly the edge of the dental bridge that meets the natural tooth, tilt the bristles at a 45-degree angle. Brushing aggressively should not be practiced as this can cause gum recession, which can then lead to sensitivity and discoloration of the area.
Flossing your dental bridge
When you have a dental bridge, using a water flosser is highly recommended as this device will not only help prolong the life of your supporting teeth, but it will also make your life a lot easier. It is a handheld device that prevents you from maneuvering a traditional floss under the bridge. What you should do is aim the head of the water flosser towards the area you wish to clean. Doing so will cause the strong burst of water to flush away the food particles trapped between your teeth and under the bridgework.
Also, as some patients don’t own a water flosser, using a traditional floss should do the trick in getting rid of the accumulated plaque around your dental prosthesis.
While the tools you use every day at home are efficient, they are not enough to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar in every nook and cranny of your mouth. That is why visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleaning is best. Doing so can reduce your risk for any potential oral health issues with any dental work you already have.
Get the most out of the prosthesis that helps bridge the gaps caused by missing teeth. Follow these tips we at Avalon Dental Group prepared in taking care of your Dental Bridges in Sugar Land, TX! For additional tips, feel free to call or visit us, our team is always ready to assist.
Dental Topics: Prevention Through Education
The field of dentistry has benefitted greatly from the advancements in materials and technologies to help promote good oral health. Yet as a dentist myself, I've seen that my profession has embraced these new technologies at the risk of spending less time promoting "prevention through education." The truth is the healthiest mouths are not the mouths of the wealthiest people, but rather the mouths of educated people. This blog is my effort to educate the public and promote good oral health.