Do You Need to Clean a Dental Bridge Differently Than Your Teeth?
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Hilton Israelson, DDS
Smiling with missing teeth is not an ideal situation. Fortunately, with the emergence of dental bridges, you can replace your lost teeth and restore your beautiful smile. Nevertheless, there is a catch. You have to clean your dental bridge daily for optimal oral hygiene. Interestingly, cleaning your dental bridge is not any different from brushing your teeth. Here are a few points you need to know to keep your dental bridges clean.
Brushing Your Dental Bridge
You should brush your dental bridges twice a day, as you would with your natural teeth. However, you need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your dental bridge. This should be along the gumline where the bridge meets your natural tooth. Nevertheless, do not exert too much pressure when brushing your bridge to avoid discoloring or chipping the appliance.
Flossing Your Dental Bridge
Flossing your bridge is just as essential as any other oral care routine. However, instead of using a regular flossing string for your bridge, you are advised to buy a floss threader or oral irrigators (water flosser). These devices release a stream of pressurized water that efficiently removes food particles and debris trapped underneath your dental bridge.
Interdental toothbrushes, water flossers and other dental tools can only do so much to clean your dental bridges. These tools are not capable of removing tartar and plaque buildup efficiently. This could cause potential harm to your dental health as the buildup of bacteria may lead to various diseases. With this in mind, you are advised to seek professional cleaning services offered at our dental offices.
If you have any questions regarding cleaning your dental bridges, our professional dental team is always ready to help. Give us a call or visit our dental office to learn more about dental bridge hygiene and schedule an appointment for our professional bridge cleaning services.