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When you have a dental bridge, it may be easy to put off things like brushing and flossing. A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth in both function and form, but it is not real, right? Actually, you can do yourself a great service by brushing and flossing the bridge as if it were a real tooth, as these routines can help you prevent gum disease.

Your main concern in this case is plaque. Even though the dental bridge is not real, it can still collect plaque. Plaque can create cavities, which may not be much of a concern with a dental bridge, but it can also cause gum disease. If it has a chance to spread over the dental bridge, there is a chance for it to spread to the gums. If it continues for too long, you may find yourself battling gum disease.

We do not want this to happen to you. You do not need to let it happen to you, as you can take preventative action by brushing and flossing. If you brush and floss the bridge, you can remove the plaque from it, thus disrupting its chances of infecting your gum tissue.

Of course, small bits of plaque can still hang out there. Brushing and flossing can remove most of it, but little pockets can still remain. Our dental cleaning services here at Island Dental Group in Aiea, Hawaii, can take care of the stragglers for you so they do not harden into tartar and cause you issues in the future.

By taking these practices into your life, you can reduce your risk of gum disease and maintain your dental bridge. If you would like more tips and suggestions for maintaining dental bridges or your oral health as a whole, you are welcome to ask our dentist, Dr. Claude N. Tamura, for help. You can schedule a visit with us by calling (808) 484-4470.