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A clean dental bridge is a functional dental bridge; much like the rest of your mouth, keeping a clean bridge will help prevent oral complications and keep away destructive bacteria. Proper dental bridge care for our Atlanta, GA patients will also extend the life of their restorative appliance, and ensure it fits properly for years. So a good, daily cleaning isn’t just a step in the right direction for your health—it helps your pocketbook, too!

Staying on top of oral hygiene is the best way to ensure your bridge—and your entire mouth—remains healthy and strong for years to come. If you are looking for experienced dental care, from a dentist with experience helping patients with dental bridges, look no further than Dr. Richard L. Rodgers, an elite, highly-skilled general dentists. As a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Rodgers shares the distinction with only six percent of dentists nationwide. His dedication to lifelong learning and education means you’ll have peace of mind knowing your smile is cared for with the top level of precision and skill from Dr. Rodgers and our team.  

Methods for Properly Cleaning Under Fixed Bridges

Cleaning a fixed dental bridge takes some getting used to; some of our patients initially find it hard to clean underneath the bridge and “pontic” (the artificial tooth). However, with the right tools and enough practice, you can achieve a cleaner bridge for improved dental health.

When starting out, we recommend patients try a couple different methods, to find the cleaning technique that works best for them:

  • Interdental brush. These tiny brushes look like mini versions of full toothbrushes. They are often used by patients with traditional, metal braces, to clean away food debris after eating. With soft, pliable bristles, an interdental, also known as interproximal, brush is deft at scrubbing away plaque and food. Using one is simple—wiggle the brush up under the bridge and gently move to rid the bridge of debris and plaque. This method can be used after eating or as a part of your daily brushing routine.
  • Floss threader. A nylon floss threader is a very common bridge-cleaning tool, and is designed much like it sounds; the structure looks a bit like a large needle, and works to move floss underneath the bridge. To use a floss threader, you first pull off about a foot of dental floss. You then insert one end of the floss about five or six inches into the threader’s loop. Carefully place the threader underneath your bridge and then remove it; this leaves the floss underneath the bridge, where you can move it gently from side to side to remove debris.
  • Oral irrigators. Oral irrigators, or water picks, are another popular method, and can be found at most drug stores for around forty or fifty dollars. This “water-powered” flosser releases a stream of propelled water that is highly adept at removing debris from hard to reach spots (such as under a bridge), and can be used as a replacement for traditional floss throughout your mouth.

Contact Dr. Richard L. Rodgers about Dental Bridge Care in Atlanta, GA

In the end, one of the best things you can do to keep your bridge functional and clean is to stay vigilant about caring for the rest of your mouth, too. Brushing twice a day, and flossing once, should be combined with bi-annual appointments with Dr. Rodgers and our dental team. With a cleaner mouth, and a properly cleaned bridge, you can ensure your bridge lasts up to 15 years.

For more information on how to properly clean your dental bridge, or for help scheduling your appointment with Dr. Rodgers, call us at 404.577.6620.

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