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A dental bridge is a common form of dental restoration used by a dentist like Dr. Arpan Patel to address a case of tooth loss. It is a single piece of dental work designed to replicate the physical presence and essential function of a missing tooth.

Even though the dental bridge will be immune the pervasive effects of tooth decay, it will still need a little-added focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. Plaque buildup and food residue that isn’t cleaned away by brushing each morning and night as well as remembering to floss once each day can harden into tartar.

As this bacterial substance starts to accumulate at the base of the dental bridge meets the gumline could promote significant periodontal health problems. Over time gum disease could eventually start to compromise the roots of the two abutments that anchor your dental bridge in your mouth.

If you are having a hard time cleaning an area near your dental bridge, you might want to try using one or two of the following special oral hygiene tools.

A small interdental brush has an angled and tapered brush head. It can be especially helpful for clearing away food particles and plaque from hard to reach places.

A floss threader with waxed dental floss might also be helpful if you are having trouble flossing around the dental bridge and the adjacent teeth. It can help insert the strand of dental floss without having to apply excessive force.

If you are in the Langhorne, Pennsylvania, area and you have a question or concern about your dental bridge, you should call (215) 970-2515 to set up an appointment at Alpha Dental Excellence.