The dental bridge and dental crown restorations performed at Bee Family Dentistry are always designed to restore the affected tooth with a durable dental material. Even though your new dental work will not be susceptible to cavities and bacterial tooth decay, it will still require the same brushing and flossing you provide to your natural teeth.
When plaque and food particles are not removed from the base of your dental work it can cause hardened tartar to build up at the gumline. This can promote gum disease and other periodontal health problems. Over time the bacterial presence could weaken an abutment to compromise the anchoring integrity of your dental crown or dental bridge.
If you find that you’re having trouble cleaning your teeth and dental work you might want to try using a one of two of the following oral hygiene tools:
An interdental brush is basically miniature toothbrushes with a small tapered head. It can allow you to hard to clean areas. A floss threader is a simple loop shaped tool. Loading it with waxed dental floss the strand can be easily inserted around your dental bridge.
An oral irrigator might also be helpful for cleaning away food particles near the gumline. They are designed to create a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.
If you had a dental bridge or dental crown restoration performed at Dr. Catherine Boenitz’s dental office in San Antonio, Texas, and you have oral hygiene questions, you can always call 210-690-9430 to speak to someone at Bee Family Dentistry.