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Even though your new bridge is made from materials that aren’t susceptible to the ravages of tooth decay, it will still require the same care and cleaning as your natural teeth. Gum disease can still pose a serious threat to the long term integrity of the bridge.

When residual food particles and plaque aren’t removed by twice daily brushing and flossing, they start to harden into tartar. As tartar builds up near the gum line, it introduces a continuous bacterial presence to gum tissues. This promotes the inflammation known as gingivitis. If the problem is not remediated early, gingivitis can develop into the most serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

At this level of infection, your gums slowly start to recede from the base of your teeth. This allows pockets of infection to form in your gums near the base of your teeth where the ends of your bridge is cemented to the abutments.

Should the bacteria gain access to the seam where your bridge meets the abutments, it could work to weaken the cement holding your bridge in place. Left unchecked, periodontitis can cause a loss bone structure near the base of each abutment. Should the root of either tooth loosen or fail, it will compromise the integrity of your bridge.

If you’re having trouble cleaning some of the hard to reach places around your bridge, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

If you have questions or concerns about how to properly clean and maintain your bridge, you can always call Dr. Michael B. Wilhite’s office in Davidson, North Carolina at 704.987.2277 to ask a question.