Your new dental bridge effectively restores a missing tooth. While Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. designed it from durable materials, it still needs extra attention in your daily oral hygiene routine. When food residue and plaque buildup are not cleaned away each day, they can harden into tartar. This bacterial-rich material at the gumline promotes gum disease. As time goes by, this could gradually compromise the abutments that are anchoring your implanted dental bridge in place.
If you are having trouble effectively cleaning around the bridge and near the gumline, Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. might suggest using a few special oral hygiene tools.
Interdental brushes have small-tapered brush heads that can help clean hard-to-reach places around the bridge. A floss threader with waxed dental floss can also help work the strand into place. You might also want to try using a dental water jet to clear food particles around the gumline. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.
Your twice-annual dental checkup at Johnson Dentistry includes a thorough cleaning procedure that will allow our team to remove any residual hardened tartar and monitor the health of your gums.
If you have questions about how to best clean and maintain your dental bridge in Bryan, Texas, you can always call 979-774-7500 to speak with a member of staff at Johnson Dentistry.