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When our dentist, Dr. Mauricio Martinez installs a bridge, it is designed to completely restore the function and appearance of your missing tooth. While your new bridge is made from materials that are not susceptible to bacteria, it will still need to be brushed and flossed twice a day to prevent gum disease and extend the life of your new bridge.

Hardened tartar buildup near the gum line significantly increases your chance of developing gum disease. The advanced form of gum disease, known as periodontitis, can pose a serious threat to your bridge in a couple of different ways.

This level of infection in the gum tissues causes your gums to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth. This promotes infection and inflammation in the gum tissue near the base of your teeth where the ends of your bridge are cemented to the abutments. The bacterial presence can start to weaken the cement holding your bridge in place.

Left unchecked, periodontitis can cause a loss bone structure near the base of the abutments, resulting in the loss of one or both anchor points.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help to remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning around the bridge, you might want to try using an interdental brush, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet.

If you would like to know more about how to properly clean and maintain your bridge, you can always call Gulf Coast Smiles in Cape Coral, Florida at 239.549.0001 for advice.