Your new bridge effectively restores the appearance and full function of a lost tooth. While the artificial materials your new bridge is made from are not subject to tooth decay, it will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Tartar buildup and gum disease pose a serious threat to your bridge in a couple of different ways. Advanced gum disease can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth creating pockets of infection. Bacterial presence in this area might gain access to the seam where your bridge is cemented onto the abutments. Gum disease can also weaken the bone structure at the base of the abutments causing or both to fail.
Prevention is the best weapon against gum disease and the threat it poses to your bridge. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help to remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning around the bridge, you might want to try using interdental brush, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet.
After brushing and flossing you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and wash away any loose food particles. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash is not an effective substitute for dental floss.
If you have questions about how to clean your bridge, feel free to call us at 972-840-8477 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find the best way to maintain your bridge.