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Dental bridges are typically created from special dental materials that will not be vulnerable to cavities and bacterial tooth decay. However, your new dental bridge could gradually be affected by complications brought on by chronic gum disease.

If your daily oral hygiene routine fails to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth it can harden into tartar. The presence of this bacterial substance near the gumline can significantly increase your chances of suffering gum disease problems.

Should you develop chronic gum disease and fail to seek treatment the long term complications could come to threaten your bridge. As time goes by severe gum disease can cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth forming pockets of infection. This can eventually weaken the roots of the abutments anchoring your dental bridge in your mouth.

Brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day in your daily oral hygiene routine can help to remove plaque and food particles, before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning an area around your dental bridge, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.

An interdental brush has an angled head that can brush some of the minute contours of your dental bridge. A dental water flosser can also help clean these areas. Just remember it’s not a viable alternative to flossing with dental floss or dental tape.

If you have had a dental bridge installed by Dr. Tiffany Teegarden’s clinic in Independence, Missouri and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 816-569-9800 to seek further advice from a staff member at Truman Village Dental.