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Even though your dentist, Dr. Nitya Balan, designed your new dental bridge from materials that will not succumb to tooth decay, it will still need daily brushing and flossing. The reality is that gum disease poses a significant threat to the integrity of the abutments that are holding your bridge in your mouth.

If plaque and residual food particles are not cleaned away, they will harden into tartar at the gumline. This promotes gum disease, which over time can 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 use. A floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can help work the strand between teeth and the bridge. Interdental brushes have narrow heads that can help clear food particles from hard-to-reach places in and around the bridge. A dental water jet can also be helpful for cleaning hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

Your regular dental checkup at Discovery Park Dental includes a cleaning treatment that will remove any residual hardened tartar and will allow our team to monitor the bridge as well as the health of your gums.

If you have questions about how to adequately clean and maintain your new dental bridge in Cedar Park, Texas, you can always call 512.260.8330 to speak with a member of the staff at our dental office.