If you had one or more teeth go missing, you may have replaced them with a dental bridge. Bridges can make good replacements for missing teeth, as they can look and operate like your real teeth. Like your real teeth, you can benefit from taking time to brush and floss the bridge. It also helps to visit the dentist regularly so he can help you clean the bridge.
Even though the dental bridge is not a real tooth, keeping an oral health routine helps you keep other issues at bay. Plaque can still form on the bridge. While it may not directly affect the bridge, it can affect nearby gum tissue.
Plaque is what causes gum disease. If it is allowed to build up around the gums, it can move down into those tissues. This infection can result in gum disease, which can be a rather unpleasant towards many aspects of your mouth, including your jawbone.
Fortunately, if you keep a habit of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, you can banish plaque from the bridge and the rest of your teeth. The earlier you catch it, the less chance it has to build up and infect your gums.
Of course, it can be difficult to get rid of all plaque with just brushing and flossing, but that is where the dentist comes in. The dentist can clear away anything you might miss, which is why regular checkups can be helpful. Overall, you can keep the dental bridge clean and keep your gums healthy by maintaining these aspects of your oral care.
If you would like more tips on caring for a dental bridge, or if there is another issue you need help with, our team here at Popper Dental in New York, New York, is just a phone call away. Dr. Jason Popper is happy to help you in any way you need. Please call 212-396-8182 to schedule a visit with us. We look forward to serving you!