If you have been fitted with a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth, you know how remarkable it can be that this simple device is able to correct your smile, restore your ability to eat and speak, and protect your other teeth from shifting out of position. However, you should be aware of the various dental bridge problems that can occur from this, particularly when eating. In theory, it should be easier to eat once you’re accustomed to the bridges. Hudson residents should be aware that if you have experienced any of these difficulties, these tips will help you to resolve them.
Dealing with Excess Food Particles
While dental bridges are meant to fit seamlessly against your gumline, factors such as bone resorption or a poorly fitting device can cause open space between your gums and the bridges. Hudson patients should be aware that this creates a food trap where particles can accumulate. If you’re not able to clean your mouth efficiently or effectively, food debris and bacteria will begin to form in your mouth. This may cause bad breath and can eventually result in gum disease. It is very important that you always try to keep your bridges as clean and clear as possible. It is usually recommended that you brush your teeth after each time you have something to eat.
Dealing With The Buildup of Tartar
Dental bridges are permanent fixtures in your mouth, which means you cannot remove them conveniently to clean the area. Once bacteria develops and is combined with saliva, plaque begins to form in the mouth. Unless you eliminate it, plaque can harden into tartar or calculus, which is much harder to remove from your dental bridges. Hudson patients should also know that this can also lead to gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease (bone and tooth loss), if the bridge is not cleaned by a dental professional at least every six months, according to the American Dental Association.
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