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Your new dental bridge is fashioned from materials that are not subject to the effects of tooth decay. However, it will still need to be brushed twice per day and flossed each evening, just like your natural teeth.

If residual food particles and plaque are not cleaned away daily, they can harden into tartar near the gumline. This promotes periodontal disease, which could gradually compromise the abutments that are anchoring your dental bridge in place.

If you are having trouble effectively cleaning around the bridge and near the gumline, you might want to try using a few special oral hygiene tools.

Flossing with a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can be helpful. Interdental brushes can help clean hard-to-reach places around the dental bridge. 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 regular dental checkup at Cloud Family Dentistry includes a cleaning treatment that will 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 Little Rock, Arkansas, you can always call 501-868-3800 to speak with Dr. John Cloud.