Tooth loss doesn’t just create gaps in your smile–it creates oral and systemic health issues, too. That’s why patients should try to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Luckily, patients have several, effective general dentistry options to choose from when addressing tooth loss, including custom-made dental bridges.
At Gallery Dental of Oakbrook, we believe that patients deserve to have healthy, strong, and beautiful smiles. That’s why we offer comprehensive and gentle treatments to address tooth loss in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. If you want to discuss your tooth-replacement options, then request an appointment with Dr. Peter Noto online here or by calling (630) 620-8300 now.
If you’ve already explored your tooth-replacement options, then you might be wondering: how do I take care of my new dental bridge? In this post, Dr. Noto gives you four tips on how to take care of new dental bridges for long-lasting, comfortable results.
Gently Brush at Least Twice a Day
Generally, patients know that they need to brush their natural teeth after eating or at least twice a day. However, many patients believe that false teeth (like the ones on dental bridges) do not need to be brushed daily. But, this could not be further from the truth.
The human mouth is host to roughly 700 different kinds of bacteria, including the kinds that cause cavities. Although dental bridges themselves are immune to decay, they can still harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to cavities on surrounding, natural teeth.
Therefore, brushing dental bridges is just as important as brushing natural teeth. Dr. Noto recommends brushing both the teeth and dental bridges at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
Floss Underneath Dental Bridges Daily
Despite popular belief, patients should still floss their dental bridges. Flossing removes residual food debris and bacteria from the appliance, which helps keep neighboring teeth healthy and functional.
But, flossing a dental bridge takes a little more work than flossing one’s natural teeth. Luckily, specialty products (like floss threaders, interproximal brushes, dental picks, and waterpiks) can help patients easily floss underneath their dental bridges.
Avoid Damaging Habits and Behaviors
According to the American Dental Association, tooth enamel is the toughest material in our bodies. But, this does not mean that our teeth are immune to damage. Indeed, dental damage can result from even the most innocent actions, like:
- Biting on fingernails or pen tips
- Chewing on ice, popcorn, or nuts
- Opening packaging with the teeth
Although dental bridges are not natural teeth, they can still sustain the same amount of damage as natural teeth. Therefore, Dr. Noto recommends avoiding harmful habits and behaviors to prevent costly damage and repairs.
Visit a Dentist Regularly
Patients should visit our dentist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, at least once a year for routine exams and dental cleanings.
During yearly appointments, Dr. Noto can assess the health of patients’ remaining teeth, as well as assess the fit, feel, and function of their dental bridges. Subsequently, regular dental visits allow patients to continue comfortably enjoying their dental bridges for many years to come.
Ask Our Oakbrook Terrace Dentist About Dental Bridges Today
If you’re still living with tooth loss, then contact the team at Gallery Dental of Oakbrook today. Dr. Peter Noto and his compassionate team will gladly help you determine if dental bridges are right for you.
Simply send our Oakbrook Terrace dental office a message here, or call (630) 620-8300 now!