Dental Bridge Care
The longevity and effectiveness of your dental bridge depends on keeping the teeth and gums that surround it in the best possible health. If you allow your teeth to deteriorate, and your gums to fall into poor health, this can weaken the foundation of the bridge and cause it to become loose and weak.
Responsible dental bridge care is identical to responsible attention to daily general dental hygiene. It really is that simply. Brushing and flossing your teeth will ensure your best chances at dental health and prevent the development of major conditions that will cost you pain and money to address.
People will sometimes look for ways avoid flossing by making excuses that are disguised as questions. They will ask things like, Exactly how am I supposed to floss around my bridge?
Reality is a very simply thing sometimes. This time is no exception. With a few simple, special tools, you can just as easily floss your teeth as you would if you were not wearing a bridge. All that you need are one of two special tools.
One of these tools is super floss. It is stiff on one end so you can thread it under the bridge. It also has a fuzzy section that is made specifically for removing plaque.
A floss threader is made with a loop on the end that lets you pull the floss through it. You can measure out approximately 18 inches of floss, pull it through the floss threader, and then run floss under your dental bridge. Care at this level of detail may seem too to bother with, but it is not. When you pause to consider just how many food particles and plaque it removes you will find it well worth the extra effort. It will not only clean under the bridge, but it will remove all harmful materials from your teeth and keep your gums healthy as well
You can also use these same tools in temporary dental bridge care. Be gentle, however, so as not to dislodge it during brushing and flossing. If you do inadvertently knock your bridge loose, just reattach it.
If your temporary dental bridge keeps coming loose every time you care for it, you may have it adjusted. Call our office and schedule an appointment so we can take a look at it.
Be sure to watch what you eat. This is important to dental bridge care. Never chew ice, as this will break practically anything in your mouth if you do. Do not chew hard candy, and try to avoid hard foods. . These damage not only your bridge, but teeth as well.
Avoid teeth grinding. This will wear away the surface of your teeth and loosen the device. If you realize you are grinding your teeth in your sleep, you should have a dentist make a mouthpiece for you that will prevent this. Call us and we can do this for you.
Finally, self-examination and self-honesty are the most practical and the most effective aspects of dental bridge care. It does you little good to go through all the motions of brushing and flossing your teeth if you do not check on your own progress. If you take the time to examine your teeth and your bridgework in the mirror you will immediately notice if you are missing spots in your mouth. The few extra seconds it takes to do this and act upon your findings can make all the difference between a continued, healthy smile and an unexpected trip to the dentist for cavities, Periodontitis, tartar, or chipped teeth resulting from Bruxism.
We also recommend that you have your teeth thoroughly cleaned in our office every 6 months to ensure optimal dental health.
For any other questions related to cosmetic dentistry, you can Contact Us at 713.795.5905.