Your bridge is a big responsibility. It cannot simply be placed and then forgotten. A bridge represents a long-term investment that must be maintained, if it is to last. If neglected, a bridge could eventually fail, resulting in the need for more-involved treatment. The longer you care for your bridge, the longer you will enjoy its support. Let’s now review three oral hygiene devices that are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums around a bridge.
This floss allows you slip one stiffened end underneath your bridge, and carefully sweep a fluffy, fibrous segment underneath the false tooth. The absorbent segment on tufted floss is gentle on gums.
This automated device is designed to propel water along the gum line and between teeth to help flush out bacteria not removed through flossing. This water flow is particularly helpful around bridges, which can be difficult to access with floss.
This simple plastic needle makes it easier for you to slip floss under your bridge so that you can keep the “anchor teeth” clean, below the gum line.
Taking good care of your bridge may sound like a chore, but it is well worth your time and effort. If you would like to find out more about the options available for cleaning your bridge, ask your local dentist for suggestions. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to evaluate your technique and make recommendations for adjusting the way you clean your bridge. Take advantage of the help offered at your dentist’s office to get the most out of your bridge!
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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