The one downside to your new dental bridge is that it can be challenging to clean. You’re tempted to just skip the detailed routine to save time. But not cleaning underneath your dental bridge can lead to one unpleasant side-effect: bad breath.
Why Your Dental Bridge May Stink
You’re used to quickly brushing the top and sides of your bridge just like you do your other natural teeth. But you can’t forget that bridges have another dimension that teeth don’t: a space right over the gums. Food and bacteria can get trapped in this area and can create a foul odor. If your gums become infected, then that can add another peculiarly strong stench.
Cleaning underneath your bridge will prevent those kinds of bad breath!
How to Clean Your Dental Bridge
Brush gently along the sides of your bridge, tipping the brush bristles as far underneath it as they can comfortably reach. You won’t reach all the way through, but this is a good way to remove the initial debris.
Next, use a floss threader or tufted floss that has stiff ends that you can slip underneath your bridge. Shimmy the floss back and forth as you sweep it across your restoration and your gums.
If you find traditional flossing to be a challenge, try a water flosser. This is a powered device that you leave on your bathroom countertop. It propels a powerful spray of water out of a small toothbrush-like head. You can control the angle for easy cleaning under your bridge.
Plan regular dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist, who can make sure that your bridge is stable and that the space underneath is healthy and odor-free!
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