Several years ago I decided to take a trip to the dentist after skipping multiple appointments for over 15 years. I truly had a dental anxiety and had a hard time getting over my fears. Thankfully, my dental visit went smoothly with only four cavities identified. What I did find from this dental visit was that there was a great deal of new information and technology that I had been missing out on. Laser-based technology and digital imaging are just a few examples. With this blog, I want you to understand that you can get over your fears and learn about this new technology like I did, so enjoy the information.
Missing teeth can make it difficult to lead a normal life. Not only is it hard to chew when you're missing teeth, it's also hard to speak properly, especially if you're missing one, or several, of your front teeth. According to statistics, about 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. If you're included in that group, your dentist may have recommended a bridge to replace those missing teeth. Dental bridges are an excellent way to bridge the gap between your natural teeth. If you're going to be fitted for a dental bridge, here are some tips that will help you avoid further dental problems.
Maintain Proper Dental Hygiene
If you've suffered tooth loss due to tooth decay, or gum disease, you need to take care of your remaining teeth. Maintaining proper dental hygiene will keep your mouth healthy, and avoid odors.
Brush and Floss
When it comes to dental hygiene, it's important that you brush and floss your teeth, at least twice a day. Be sure to clean the spaces between your missing teeth. It's also important that you keep your gums clean.
Clean Your Bridge
Once you have your dental bridge, you'll need to keep it clean. With daily cleaning, your bridge will maintain its natural appearance. Not only that, but daily cleanings will also prevent foul odors from developing on your bridge.
Avoid Damage to Your Bridge
You might not realize this, but your bridge can be broken or chipped. To avoid damage to your bridge, you should take a couple of precautions.
Watch out for Hard Foods
Hard foods such as candy and ice can serious damage to your bridge. To avoid damage, you should stay away from those foods.
Protect Against Breaks
If your bridge comes in contact with a hard surface, it can break. While you're brushing your teeth, or cleaning your bridge, avoid dropping it on your bathroom counter, or in the sink. To protect it, place your bridge on a soft towel, or in a bowl while you're brushing your teeth.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Just because you have a new dental bridge, doesn't mean you can stop seeing your dentist. In fact, once you have your bridge, you should continue with your semi-annual dental appointments. During your appointments, your dentist will check your dental bridgework for damage, and take care of any adjustments that will need to be made. For questions or concerns regarding your bridge, be sure to speak to your dentist.Share
27 May 2017