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Even though your new bridge is made from artificial materials that are not subject to tooth decay, it will still require attention in your daily oral hygiene routine. Gum disease can still pose a very serious threat to the long term integrity of your bridge. If plaque and residual food particles are not effectively cleaned from your teeth it can harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease.

Left unchecked gum disease will cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection in the gums. This can compromise the root of the abutments that anchor your bridge in your mouth. At the same time the presence of pervasive bacteria can slowly compromise seam where your bridge is cemented to one or both of the abutments.

Brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as your new bridge, twice each day, helps to remove residual food particles and plaque before they harden into tartar. If you’re having trouble cleaning around your bridge you might want to try using interdental brushes, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new bridge, you can call Arden Dental Group’s office in Arden, North Carolina at phone for a consultation.