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If you have just replaced your missing teeth with a dental bridge, good for you! You now have the complete and attractive smile you desired. In order to maintain that perfect appearance, you need to take good care of your dental bridge. Ultimately, all you need to do is treat your bridge like your natural teeth. To give you more details, Dr. Leonard Brenner and our dental team would be happy to explain how to care for a dental bridge in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.

First, clean the bridge regularly. This is important because you don’t want plaque and bacteria to gather and grow around the appliance. It’s best to clean your bridge by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly along with your other teeth. As you perform your oral hygiene routine, make sure the tools you use have been approved by the American Dental Association.

Second, attend your six-month checkups. This is also crucial because the treatment provided at your appointment is the only treatment that can completely remove the plaque and tartar from around the bridge. If they don’t get removed frequently, they can create gum disease. This appointment is also beneficial because it allows our team to check on the bridge to make sure everything is perfect.

Third, avoid chewing with the dental bridge when it is first placed in your mouth. This is recommended because chewing sticky and hard foods with the bridge when it’s new can damage the appliance and even make it feel loose. This is only because the cement is not quite hardened and the bridge is not quite strong enough. After a few days, you can chew with the bridge as much as you desire.

For information on how to take care of a dental bridge, please call Brenner Dental of Park Slope at 718-638-6607 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment if you are due for a dental checkup. We look forward to helping you and your bridge!