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At Smiley Dental Hampton in Dallas, Texas, wearing a dental bridge is another viable option for our patients who have missing teeth. If you are currently wearing a dental bridge, it will be in your best interest to take as good care of it as you do your own pearly whites by keeping your natural teeth and gums healthy.

You have probably seen from experience how your own teeth and gums thrive if you take the time to brush at least twice each day and floss at least once daily. Your oral health goal is to be plaque-free! So in addition to cleaning the surface area beneath the bridge, you also want to clean in between the teeth that are supporting the bridge. Here are some things to keep your bridge in tip-top shape:

-Water flossers: also known as oral irrigation devices, these can be especially helpful when used to clean around your bridge. As the water pulsates, it cleans under the bridge and around your crown where food particles and oral bacteria tend to accumulate.

-Superfloss: this flosser helps when cleaning around your bridge, as it has a stiff-end threader, spongy floss, and regular floss to clean thoroughly underneath your dental bridge.

-Avoid hard foods: to protect your bridge and crowns, avoid chewing on hard foods, especially munching on ice.

Take the time to clean your bridge to keep cavities at bay and prevent your gums from getting inflamed. In addition to caring for your dental bridge, be sure to keep your routine dental cleanings and checkups to keep your teeth and gums healthy and able to support your bridge. Dr. Lynh Pham and our team are eager to work with you to ensure a healthy smile for years to come! You can reach us at 214.467.4800.