When plaque and residual food particles are not cleaned away, they will harden into bacterial-rich calculus at the gumline. When this happens, you are at heightened risk of developing gum disease. Over time, this will compromise the abutments that are anchoring your bridge in place.
If you are having trouble effectively cleaning around the bridge, there are some special oral hygiene tools Dr. Sandor recommends using.
Interdental brushes have narrow heads that can help clear food particles from hard-to-reach textures in and around the bridge. A floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can help you work the strand between teeth and the bridge. A water flosser like Waterpik® can also be helpful for cleaning hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.
Your twice-annual dental checkup and cleaning at Sandor Family Dentistry will allow our team to remove any residual hardened calculus and monitor the bridge as well as the health of your gums.
If you have questions about how to adequately clean and maintain your new bridge, you can always call 732.462.8877 to speak with a member of the staff at Sandor Family Dentistry.