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While your new dental bridge is made of durable materials that can’t be infected by bacteria or tooth decay, it still requires daily attention as part of your oral hygiene routine.

Your mouth can experience hardened tartar caused by plaque and residual food particles that can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease building in the surrounding gum tissues that anchor your dental bridge can result in serious ramifications because advanced periodontal disease results in gum recession at the base of your teeth. This can form infected pockets deep within the gums at the abutment roots, allowing the bacteria to access the seam where the abutment cements to your bridge. This bacteria could weaken the cement, loosening your dental bridge.

You can keep your dental bridge clean by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day to clear away deposits of food particles and plaque that can otherwise harden into tartar. If cleaning in and around your dental bridge is a challenge, you can ask Dr. Chad Catron about using an interdental brush and flossing with a water flosser or a floss threader.

If you have questions about how to clean your dental bridge or you would like to discuss the health of your gums with Dr. Chad Catron, schedule an appointment to Catron Family Dentistry in Stilwell, Oklahoma, by calling our dentist and team at 918-708-3663 today.