Your new dental bridge was installed by your [practice_name] dental team to restore a missing or extracted tooth. While the artificial materials it is made of is not vulnerable to the ravages of tooth decay, it can still be threatened by chronic gum disease. Hardened tartar near the gumline significantly promotes gum disease.
This level of infection in the gum tissues causes your gums to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth. This promotes infection and inflammation where the bridge is cemented to the abutments. The bacterial presence can start to weaken the cement holding your bridge in place.
If left unchecked, periodontitis can cause the loss of bone structure near the base of the abutments, resulting in the loss of one or both anchor points.
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning around the bridge, you might want to try using interdental brushes, a floss threader with waxy floss, or a dental water jet.
If you have questions or concerns about how to properly clean and maintain your dental bridge in [city], [state], you can always call [practice_name] at [phone] to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. [doctor_name].