Even though your titanium dental implants and dental bridge are made of artificial materials, they still require daily care and cleaning. If residual food particles and plaque are not cleaned away by daily brushing and flossing, they can harden into tartar. This promotes gum disease that can, in time, compromise the abutments that are anchoring your implanted bridge in place.
If you are having a hard time brushing some of the contours of the bridge, you might want to try using interdental brushes. Their small-angled heads can get into hard-to-reach places. If you’re struggling to work floss around the bridge and gumline, you might want to try using a brand of waxed dental floss or a floss threader.
After you’re done brushing and flossing, you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to wash away any loose food particles and to kill bacteria. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash is not a viable substitute for flossing.
Your regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Brent Hawkins, is also important for maintaining the condition of the implanted bridge. The checkup includes a cleaning treatment that will clean any residual hardened tartar, and the checkup also gives the dentist the chance to monitor the implant as well as the health of your gums.
If you have questions or concerns about how to clean and maintain your implanted bridge in Amarillo, Texas, you can always call Hawkins Dental Group at 806-353-4361 for a consultation.