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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Tips on Flossing around a Dental Bridge

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Dr. Boustany
Tips on Flossing around a Dental BridgeDental bridges are a type of dental appliance that fills the gap on either side of the missing tooth. Usually made of porcelain, ceramic, or metal, these dental appliances are set into your mouth with a design and framework attached to the nearby teeth by dental crowns. Given their shape and design, it can be extremely challenging to clean them.
In particular, flossing dental bridges requires a keen approach that ensures that all the parts are cleaned. Lack of proper flossing can lead to the presence of bacteria, which can lead to decay and cavities. There are several tips that will help you floss your bridges effectively.

How To Floss a Dental Bridge

It can be challenging to thread the floss between a dental bridge and the adjacent teeth. In such cases, we recommend that instead of using a thread, you should use a nylon floss threader. This will help you thread the floss tape easily and effectively, eliminating any bacteria on your dental bridges. Besides, using brush picks may be a good way of preventing plaque from building around your dental bridges. This is because brush picks are small brushes that fit in between your teeth and dental bridges.

You can also opt to use a water flosser that can easily clean the hard-to-reach spots between your bridges and teeth. Another reliable method of flossing dental bridges is using floss threaders. These threaders are flexible plastic needles made of nylon. To use them, insert one end of your dental floss above five inches and make a loop. Use this loop to floss gently around your dental bridges to remove any bacteria.

These methods will go a long way in ensuring that your bridges are free from bacteria and other pathogens that cause dental infections. Visit our offices for more information on how to floss your dental bridges.
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