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A dental bridge or dental crown is often used in restorative dentistry to address a tooth that has been significantly compromised or lost. They are typically created in a dental lab from durable materials meant to rival the structural integrity of tooth enamel.

Even though the dental work will not directly susceptible to bacterial tooth decay and plaque acids, they can still be affected by complications caused by poor oral hygiene.

Brushing your teeth and dental work twice a day and flossing at least once will help to remove plaque, sugar residue and residual food matter before they can harden into tartar. This will significantly reduce your chances of suffering from periodontal disease and cavities on the surrounding teeth.

If you have been struggling to effectively clean around a dental bridge or dental crown, you might want to try using a small interdental brush, floss threader, or a dental water flosser device. These simple oral hygiene tools can help you clean hard to reach places.

A dental water flosser device like Waterpik® is designed to create a concentrated jet of water that can target to a specific area in your mouth. This can help clean food debris from the gumline and places that are hard for your toothbrush to reach.

If you’re struggling to work a strand of dental floss into an area, you might want to try using a floss threader. It can help insert a strand dental floss into the area without forcing it. This can also help reduce your chances of harming your gums by snapping the floss into place.

If you are in the Decatur, Georgia, area and you have a question about how to effectively clean or maintain a piece of dental work, you can always call (404) 321-4588 to speak to Dr. Brett Langston or one of the staff at Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta.