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A dental bridge is a common dental restoration that is used by Dr. Ryan R. Bailey & Keith Huff to replace a missing tooth. It is cast from materials that are immune to the bacterial effects of tooth decay and it is cemented onto a pair of abutments that are made from the core of the two teeth neighboring the void.

While the dental work itself is impervious to bacterial complications, the surrounding gums and the anchoring abutments can still be affected. Chronic gum disease problems in the area can eventually cause one or both of the abutments to fail.

If you are having issues cleaning away plaque and stray food particles from around your dental bridge, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.

A floss threader can be very helpful for cleaning hard-to-reach places or between tightly spaced teeth. This is a simple loop-shaped tool that can insert the strand of floss around dental work or braces. Using waxed dental floss makes it easier to slide the strand into place without the risk of snapping it or injuring your gums.

Interdental brushes have small-angled heads with a slight taper. They can help remove food debris and plaque from small areas.

A water flosser like Waterpik® generates a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food debris. This can be a helpful way of cleaning hard-to-reach places and along the gumline. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace flossing for effectively cleaning between teeth.

If you have had a dental bridge installed in Coos Bay, Oregon, and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 541-269-5353 to seek further advice.