Dental Bridge Aftercare Tips
Dental bridges are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth, and it is no wonder that they have become so popular. The dental bridge procedure can be completed in just one visit with a dentist, but there are some important things you need to know about aftercare. This blog post will discuss how to maintain your new dental bridge and keep it looking great for years.
Let’s take a look at these tips.
- Avoid eating hard food
After the dental bridge is placed, it will start to fuse with your jaw. At this point, you should avoid eating very hard foods like nuts or whole apples that could damage or loosen the connections of your appliance. You also need to cut up any large pieces of food into smaller manageable bites before chewing them thoroughly. This way, not only are you protecting yourself from possible injury but also preventing bacteria and plaque buildup on your teeth as well.
- Follow good oral hygiene habits
Be sure to brush and floss twice a day; after meals is best. It’s important to do this for the entire time your dental bridge is in place. After you get your dental bridge put inside your mouth, it will be sore with pressure on some tooth parts that used to touch other teeth before. To reduce pain during these first few days, try using an ice pack wrapped tightly with a towel.
- Avoid sticky foods
After you have your dental bridge placed, it is important to avoid sticky foods. This includes things like gummy candy or hard candies because they can stick onto the underside of your dental bridge and cause damage. Sticky foods can also cause damage to your dental bridge by pulling off some of the adhesives that hold your dental bridge in place.
- Brush twice a day
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Make sure you brush all areas of the bridge, including underneath it. Make sure you use toothpaste that contains fluoride to strengthen your teeth and provide decay protection throughout the entire mouth. Brush for two minutes using a circular motion, paying particular attention to where the artificial tooth meets your adjacent teeth. A small brush with soft bristles is more effective at reaching these difficult areas than an electric or battery-operated toothbrush.
- Avoid tobacco products
Chewing tobacco and smoking is a big no-no with the dental bridge. Tobacco products can cause bleeding after implants, which is not good for any surgical healing process. If you must smoke cigarettes, there may be ways to decrease your risk.
- Clean under your bridge by using a floss threader
Floss threaders are long plastic loops with a piece of dental floss strung through them. You can use it to slide the floss under your bridge and around teeth that you cannot reach by hand, such as those in the back of your mouth or between molars.
The Bottom Line
Aftercare is extremely important to the health of your dental bridge. To avoid infection, make sure you brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day. You should also follow all the tips we have mentioned here for proper care of your dental bridge.