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Just because your new dental bridge cannot suffer from a cavity, you shouldn’t let it lull you into thinking that the dental work is completely immune to complications caused by poor oral hygiene. If residual sugar, food matter, and plaque buildup aren’t removed on a daily basis, the developing hard tartar can affect the health of your gums.

In time it could significantly increase your chances of suffering severe gum disease. Should this occur on a chronic basis, it could even cause your gums to recede from the bases of your teeth. This could influence the health of the abutments that anchor your bridge in place or compromise the dental adhesive that holds it in place.

Brushing your teeth and dental bridge each morning and night, as well as flossing between the teeth and the gumline is essential for gum disease prevention. If you struggle to effectively clean any of the spaces or contours around your dental bridge, you might want to try augmenting your efforts with some special oral hygiene tools.

A small interdental brush or a water flosser device can help clear away excess food material from the contours of your dental bridge. If you’re having trouble flossing between your dental bridge and the neighboring teeth, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

If you’ve had a bridge installed by Drs. Peterson and Hendricks and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 661-587-7002. Our dentists and team in Bakersfield, California, are more than happy to help!