A Bridge Requires a Little Extra Focus in Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

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The dental bridge that was designed and installed by Dr. Jeffrey Lowe was cast from durable materials that will not succumb to general tooth decay. At the same time, you shouldn’t let this make you cavalier about its role in your daily oral hygiene routine. An unhealthy mouth invites bacteria to develop other forms of oral pathology, such as gum disease, which can affect the abutments anchoring the bridge in your mouth.

Advanced gum disease, which is known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth. This promotes infection and inflammation in the gum tissues at the base of your teeth where the ends of your bridge were cemented to the abutments. As time goes on, the bacteria can weaken the dental adhesive bonding the bridge. It could even cause a failure in one or both of the abutment roots.

Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once each evening can clean away plaque and residual food particles before they harden into tartar. Decreasing the bacterial presence at the gumline will greatly reduce your chances of developing gum disease.

If you have questions or concerns about how to properly clean and maintain your dental bridge in Hays, Kansas, you can always call (785) 498-7130 to speak to a member of our staff at Lifetime Dental Care.