A bridge can be used to help replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. However, many patients find that they are unsure how to go about their normal oral hygiene routines.
While you will still brush and floss your other natural teeth the way you always have, keeping a bridge clean is quite different, at least with regards to the flossing aspect.
Can You Floss a Bridge?
Of course, since the “teeth” in a bridge are connected to adjacent anchors, you cannot actually floss in between them. However, you can and most definitely should floss under the bridge itself. While this can be something of a challenge at first, with time you will get better at it. Eventually, it will come just as easily as flossing your natural teeth.
Flossing Under Your Bridge
To clean the area underneath your bridge, you will actually need to use a floss threader to get started. A floss threader has a loop on one end, which is used to pull the floss under the bridge. The floss threader is rigid enough that you can direct it from one side of the bridge to the other, where you thread the floss through the loop and then pull it back under the bridge.
Once you have the dental floss threaded under the bridge, wrap one end around your pointer finger on each hand. Then proceed to gently move the floss along the gumline and up and down each side of the bridge. This will help remove food and bacteria which may have accumulated under the bridge.
While it does take some time to get used to, eventually this habit will come easily to you. You may wish to spend some time watching how-to videos online if it helps you to visualize the process. Keep at it, and your mouth will stay healthy and clean.
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