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Even though your new dental bridge is made from materials that will not succumb to tooth decay, it still needs daily brushing and flossing. In all reality, gum disease poses a far more significant threat to the long-term presence and function of the abutments holding your bridge in your mouth.

If residual food particles and plaque are not cleaned away, they will harden into tartar at the gumline. This promotes gum disease, which over time will compromise the abutments anchoring your bridge in place.

If you are having trouble effectively cleaning around the bridge, there are some special oral hygiene tools you might want to try using. A floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can help you work the strand between the teeth and bridge. Interdental brushes have narrow heads that can help clear food particles from hard-to-reach places around the bridge. A dental water jet can also be helpful for cleaning hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

Your regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Stephen Woodard, includes a cleaning treatment that will clean any residual hardened tartar and will monitor the health of the bridge as well as the gums.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your dental bridge in Spokane Valley, Washington, you can always call Stephen Woodard at 509-924-8585 to ask a question.