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Here at ODonnell Family Dentistry, your dentists, Drs. O’Donnell and VanZanten, sometimes uses a dental bridge to replace a tooth that was knocked out, extracted or lost to severe tooth decay. It is an artificial tooth that replicates the presence of the missing tooth. It is fused into one solid piece of dental work with a dental crown on both sides. It is anchored to abutments that are formed from the two neighboring teeth.

Some people with a bridge complain that there are small areas that can be hard to clean. To help you maintain healthy gums and a strong bridge, your dentists suggest using some special oral hygiene tools.

If you’re struggling to floss around the bridge, you might want to try using a floss threader. This is a simple, loop-shaped tool that can insert the strand 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.

Small interdental brushes have angled brush heads that can help clean hard-to-reach places. This is in addition to your regular brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste.

A dental water jet like Waterpik creates a concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles. This can be a helpful way of cleaning tough places near the gumline and the base of the bridge. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace flossing for effectively cleaning between teeth and along the bridge.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new dental bridge in Lexington, Kentucky, you can always call 859-269-4613 to seek advice from the dental specialists at ODonnell Family Dentistry.