Dental Bridge Care 101

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Getting a dental bridge requires lots of consideration from the patient. Though a dentist may recommend one, the patient must think about the advantages, disadvantages, cost, and even how to care for the restoration.

In this blog, we’ll explain exactly what dental bridge care looks like so you can make the best decision for your smile and lifestyle. For more details about dental bridges, check out our other blog, or contact your dentist for more information.

The Basics of Dental Bridge Care

Dental bridge care is almost identical to caring for natural teeth and just as important. The durability and lifespan of a dental bridge depend on how well it is taken care of.

To ensure your dental bridge lasts as long as possible (more than ten years), follow these guidelines:

  • Brush with a dentist-recommended toothbrush twice a day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Rinse with a fluoride or antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing and flossing
  • Visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam
  • Eat properly

Adhering to these standards will help prevent tooth decay beneath the crowns. This occurs when food and other particles become lodged in or around the dental bridge leading to plaque buildup and dental decay which causes the bridge to fall out.

Dietary Recommendations

As mentioned above, eating properly is an essential component of dental bridge care. Eating foods that benefit your oral health won’t just keep your bridge intact, it will keep your gums healthy as well! This way, you can avoid more oral health problems in the future.

Here’s what you should eat and drink to keep your mouth as healthy as possible:

  • Water: It’s essential for every aspect of our health, but especially helpful for strengthening teeth and gums. Water is also the best replacement for tooth-damaging drinks like sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and coffee.
  • Almonds: Sliced almonds are beneficial because they are high in calcium and low in sugar. They also increase saliva production which is essential for cleaning the teeth.
  • Milk and Cheese: Also full of calcium, milk and cheese have a protein called casein. This counteracts oral acids created by bacteria that can damage the teeth and gums.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms: Scientists have found that shiitake mushrooms contain carvacrol, adenosine, copalic acid, and erythritol that help prevent cavities and gum disease.
  • Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, broccoli, and so many others don’t just provide essential vitamins and minerals to the mouth and body, they also help clean the teeth as we chew.
  • Sugarless Gum: Look for chewing gum products that contain xylitol as it helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Green Tea: Dentists have found that green tea helps prevent the production of disease-causing bacteria that leads to gum disease.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt that doesn’t contain too many added sugars helps strengthen tooth enamel and reduce bad breath.

Along with adding these foods to your diet, it may be helpful to remove ones that could damage your bridge or that are inhibiting your oral health. These include:

  • Hard candy
  • Sugary drinks
  • White bread
  • Potato chips
  • Dried fruit

Of course, it’s okay to eat these in small doses. Just be mindful of how often you’re consuming these types of foods and drinks.

Learn More Today

Do you want to know more about dental bridge care? Or just more about dental bridges in general? Our dentist, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers is available to answer all of your questions.

Call our Atlanta, GA office today at 404-577-6620 to schedule your initial consultation.

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