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There are many ways to restore a confident smile. If you are currently wearing a dental bridge, it is in your best interest to take as good care of it as you do your own pearly whites by keeping your natural teeth and gums healthy. Your own teeth and gums thrive if you take the time to brush at least twice each day and floss at least once daily.

Your oral health goal is to be plaque-free! So in addition to cleaning the surface area beneath the bridge, you also want to clean in between the teeth that are supporting the bridge. Here are some things to keep your bridge in tip-top shape:

-Avoid hard foods: To protect your bridge and crowns, avoid chewing on hard foods, especially chewing on ice.

-Water flossers: Also known as oral irrigation devices, these can be especially helpful when used to clean around your bridge. As the water pulsates, it cleans under the bridge and around your crown where food particles and oral bacteria tend to accumulate.

-Superfloss: This flosser helps when cleaning around your bridge, as it has a stiff-end threader, spongy floss, and regular floss to clean thoroughly underneath your dental bridge.

In addition to caring for your dental bridge, be sure to keep your routine dental cleanings and checkups to keep your teeth and gums healthy and able to support your bridge. Take the time to clean your bridge to keep cavities at bay and prevent your gums from getting inflamed.

At Smiley Dental Garland in Dallas, Texas, wearing a dental bridge is another viable option for our patients who have missing teeth. Dr. Lynh Pham and our team are excited to work with you to ensure your healthy smile, so please feel free to give us a call at 214.321.8400 if you have any questions.