How Do You Clean & Floss a Dental Bridge?

How Do You Clean & Floss a Dental Bridge?

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A dental bridge is a custom-designed appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. It completes a patient's smile and restores chewing function.

However, many patients do not know how to keep their bridges clean, leading to oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. This blog describes the process of cleaning and flossing a dental bridge to maximize your oral health.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a restorative treatment that holds artificial teeth or pontics. Bridges can replace just one tooth or a few at a time. Typically, dentists cement bridges to crowns or implants on either side of a gap between teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Relatively quick process
  • Excellent chewing function
  • Match natural teeth for a healthy-looking smile
  • Keep teeth from drifting out of position
  • Improve speaking ability

Cleaning and Flossing a Dental Bridge

After your doctor installs your new dental bridge, it may take a few weeks to become accustomed to wearing it. During this time, take particular care of tender, irritated gums.

Cleaning the Bridge

Brush at least twice a day. Use a soft toothbrush, as a stiffer brush can damage your bridge. Ensure you brush every bridge surface, including along the gum line.

Flossing the Bridge

Flossing your bridge is easy if you have the right tools. An ordinary piece of dental floss can't reach under the bridge, but a floss threader, available at any pharmacy, can slide it through.

You can also use an interdental or interproximal brush in the pharmacy's oral care section. Many dentists recommend using a water flosser like a Waterpik to clean bridges.

Ensure that you use fluoride mouthwash each day after brushing and flossing.

How to Help Your Bridge Last Longer

Treat your bridge gently. Avoid opening packages or holding items with your teeth. Avoid chewing crunchy or sticky foods on your bridge to prevent it from breaking or detaching. Do not chew non-food objects like pens or ice. Keep all dental appointments to check the health of your restoration.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges

Can food get stuck under a dental bridge?

Yes, food can become caught between the gums and the bridge. When you leave home, carrying interdental brushes and floss threaders is best to remove debris immediately.

Why should I use fluoridated mouthwash after cleaning my bridge?

Patients with bridges should use fluoridated or antibacterial mouthwash at least once daily. This rinse can reach spaces between the bridge and gums, strengthening the teeth around the bridge for a longer, useful life.

Call Oak Road Dentistry

If you have a dental bridge, we would gladly help you learn to keep it clean. Please call our Snellville, GA, office at 770-985-9559 to learn more about keeping your bridge in great shape.