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Your new dental bridge was designed and installed at Complete Dental Care out of durable materials that will completely resist the influence of bacterial tooth decay. However, plaque and food residue that aren’t thoroughly cleaned away by your daily oral hygiene regimen can harden into tartar. Sometimes referred to as calculus, this dense, bacterial-rich substance significantly increases your chances of developing periodontal disease.

Some people find a dental bridge a little hard to clean by brushing and flossing through standard twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. To help you effectively maintain a clean bridge, Dr. Shoaf might suggest using some of the following oral hygiene tools.

If you’re having troubles cleaning food matter and plaque from the contours of your bridge or the base of the gumline, you might want to try using an interdental brush. These miniature toothbrushes have small-tapered heads to let you pay special attention to hard-to-reach areas.

If you’re having flossing problems, you might want to try using a floss threader. This simple loop-shaped tool that is loaded with waxed dental floss can help you floss around the wires and other hardware.

If you have stray food material getting trapped near the gumline or other areas around your bridge, you might want to try using an oral irrigator. It is designed to shoot a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

If you have further questions about how to clean and maintain your new dental bridge in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, you can always call 412-253-4671 to speak to a member of the staff at Complete Dental Care.