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Your new bridge represents a serious investment in restoring one of your lost or damaged teeth. Even though it’s made from an artificial material that will not decay in the presence of oral bacteria, your new bridge will still require some basic care and oral hygiene attention.

Hardened tartar, formed by residual food particles and plaque, can encourage the development of gum disease. The pervasive bacteria that invades your gum tissues can pose a serious threat to your new bridge.

The advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis can cause your gums to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth. This creates pockets of infection deep within your gums near the roots of abutments that anchor your bridge in place.

Should bacteria access to seam where your bridge is cemented to one or both of the abutments, it could slowly start to weaken the cement holding one or both ends of your bridge in place.

Brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as your bridge, twice each day, will help to clear away residual food particles and plaque before they harden into tartar. If you’re having trouble cleaning in and around the bridge you might want to try using interdental brushes, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet.

If you have concerns about how to effectively clean and maintain your bridge, or you have concerns about the health of your gums, you should call Dr. Ryan P. Lehmkuhler at 620-225-5154 to set up a consultation appointment.