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The new piece of bridgework installed in your mouth at Dr. Richard Barton’s Henderson, Nevada, clinic was designed to restore your missing teeth for many years to come. While the durable materials it is cast from will not be susceptible to tooth decay, it will still need inclusion in your daily oral hygiene regimen.

If food residue and plaque buildup are not cleaned away by daily brushing and flossing, they can harden into tartar, which promotes gum disease. Left untreated, this could cause your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth as well as the roots of the two abutments that anchor your bridge in place. The infection in the gums could eventually weaken the dental cement securing your bridge and even cause a loss of bone structure anchoring it in your mouth.

You should brush your bridge twice each day and floss around it each evening like you would your natural teeth. If you’re having trouble cleaning in and around the bridge, you might want to try using an interdental brush to clean away any stray food material.

If you’re having trouble flossing around the bridge, you might want to try using a floss threader. This simple loop-shaped tool can be loaded with waxed dental floss. This will help you work the strand into any hard to reach places.

If you’ve had a bridge installed at Dr. Richard Barton’s Henderson, Nevada, clinic and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 702-456-1147 to seek further advice from a member of the staff.