01 Apr 2021

Bad Breath and Dental Bridges

how to clean bridges to avoid bad breathe

People with dental bridges in Bankers Hill understand how it’s possible to get food caught up underneath their fixed restoration, just against their gums. As long as you clean around your bridge each day, it shouldn’t be a problem. But if buildup accumulates over time, it can lead to tartar deposits, gum infections, and halitosis (bad breath) coming from those teeth.

Our Dentist in Bankers Hill will show you how to clean around your bridge to prevent these side-effects from developing. Although it’s natural to have bad breath every now and then — like from something you eat or a sinus infection — chronic odors or a foul taste coming from those teeth isn’t normal.

Here’s what you need to know to thoroughly clean around your dental bridge to prevent and reverse bad breath symptoms.

Daily Cleaning of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges (in Bankers Hill) may not get cavities like natural teeth do, but they still need to be cleaned thoroughly at least twice a day. Especially just along the margins/edges of the bridge and directly underneath them, against your gum tissues.

Ideally, you want to brush your bridge similar to other teeth, angling the bristles slightly towards your gums and stimulating them as you clean one tooth (or bridge) at a time. From there, use a floss threader or tufted “super” floss to glide underneath the bridge to clean underneath it. The thicker super floss is ideal for removing residual food debris.

When you’re flossing under a fixed bridge, it’s important to wrap the strand of floss in a “C” shape against the supporting tooth or dental implant. Gently rub it up and down to clean just under the margins of your gums, where plaque tends to be the heaviest.

What if it’s Difficult to Floss? 

Hate to floss? Can’t weave a threader underneath your bridge? One of the easiest ways to clean dental bridges in Bankers Hill is to use a water flosser. Water flossers use a strong stream of water to flush out plaque and food debris in hard-to-reach spaces, including under or around fixed bridges. Our dentist in Bankers Hill also recommends water flossing for people with a history of periodontal disease, who wear orthodontic appliances or have limited dexterity. If you like, you can mix an essential-oil based, alcohol-free mouth rinse into your water flosser to irrigate throughout your mouth.

“Proxy” brushes (also called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are also useful for cleaning larger spaces between a bridge and your gum tissues. Most proxa brushes can be used several times before disposing of them. They come in a variety of sizes, making it easier to find one that works for your specific needs.

Tips for Fresher Breath

With or without bridges, our dentist in Bankers Hill knows a thing or two about combatting chronic halitosis. Here are a few simple things you can do on your own to help freshen your breath each day:

  • Use a tongue scraper 1-2 times per day
  • Rinse with an essential-oil-based mouth rinse
  • Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol
  • Schedule a dental cleaning every six months
  • Focus on your gumlines, where bacteria are heaviest
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day

If you’re not seeing any type of improvement, contact our office to reserve a screening for periodontal disease. Typically, this assessment is performed during your dental exam and cleaning appointment.

Quality Dental Bridges Near You

Without the right tools to clean around your fixed restoration, it’s easy to develop symptoms like bad breath. But our dentist in Bankers Hill also warns not to overlook halitosis, as it could be an indication of developing gum disease. For quality comprehensive, preventative, and dental bridges near you, contact William V. Carlo, DMD today to request your next appointment. Your bad breath concerns can be addressed discreetly and in confidence so that you can enjoy the self-confidence you truly deserve. Call us today.

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