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Your new dental bridge was designed from durable materials that will prove invulnerable to the ravages of tooth decay. Yet, there are still some things that can affect the bridge and its connection with the anchoring abutments within. This often comes in the form of bacterial complications related to gum disease.

When plaque and residual food particles are not cleaned away, they will harden into tartar at the gumline, which can cause serious tooth decay and can lead to gum disease causing serious problems. Gum disease, over time, will compromise the abutments that are anchoring your bridge in place.

To that end, Dr. Packman recommends giving your bridge additional focus in your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you are having trouble effectively cleaning around the bridge, there are some special oral hygiene tools you might want to try using. A floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can help work the strand between your teeth and the bridge. Interdental brushes have narrow heads that can help clear food particles from hard-to-reach areas around the bridge. A dental water jet 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 includes a cleaning procedure that will allow our team to remove any residual hardened tartar 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 704.873.2211 to speak with a member of the staff at Jon C. Packman DDS General Dentistry in Statesville, NC, clinic.