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A dental bridge is a single piece of dental work that is used by dentists to replicate the physical presence and basic function of a missing tooth. While the durable dental material used in your dental bridge will be immune to the pervasive effects of bacterial tooth decay, it will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine.

Allowing plaque buildup and food residue to harden at the base of the dental bridge and at the base of the crowns, could promote significant periodontal health problems. Over time, gum disease could eventually start to compromise the roots of the two abutments that anchor your bridge in your mouth.

If you find that you are struggling to clean your bridge, you might want to try using one or two of the following special oral hygiene tools.

A simple interdental brush has a small tapered brush head that can be especially helpful for clearing away food particles and plaque. It’s essentially a miniature toothbrush that can augment your daily tooth brushing efforts.

You might also appreciate a floss threader, which can be helpful if you are having trouble flossing around the bridge and the neighboring teeth. A floss-threader can help insert the strand of dental floss without extra effort.

If you are in the Slidell, Louisiana, area and you need further advice on how to adequately clean and maintain your dental bridge, you can call 985-643-4553 to speak to one of our skilled dentists, Dr. Kent Stasney and Dr. Christy Stasney, or a member of Slidell Family Dental Care’s staff.