Daily flossing is an essential component of any oral hygiene routine, and that remains true even if you have a dental bridge. However, this type of restoration may require you to change your flossing approach.
Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario has helped patients achieve strong, healthy, beautiful smiles with dental bridges for decades. Whether you choose a bridge, dental implant, or other restoration, he will explain the best way to maintain your new smile for years to come.
Flossing Your Dental Bridge
Bridges comprise at least three crowns that are attached together, which are then placed between at least two supporting teeth, or dental implants. The replacement tooth rests between the two anchors, allowing you to floss normally at the ends of the bridge. Floss can also slip easily between the anchors and the neighboring teeth, because these contacts are not fused.
The false tooth or teeth in the center of the bridge is fused to the end pieces, making it impossible to floss between them. In this case, you’ll need to floss under the bridge with a floss threader. Floss threaders work like a traditional needle and thread. You’ll simply thread the floss into the tool, then guide the threader and floss between the gums and the dental bridge before flossing the area as you normally would.
Why Is Flossing Important?
Some people mistakenly believe that dental care isn’t required for a bridge because it is an artificial restoration. This is not true. You still need to ensure that your gums and supporting structures stay healthy.
When bacteria accumulates beneath a dental bridge, they produce acids that attack the teeth and gums. Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, advances quickly, causing the gums to become red and inflamed. Studies have linked gum disease with a number of general health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Call Our Ardmore Dentist Today
If you have a dental bridge, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly for bi-annual dental appointments to keep your mouth and appliances healthy. Call us at 610-642-7024 today to schedule your visit with experienced dentist Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario. We proudly serve Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.