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Dental work, like bridges and crown restorations, are typically created in a professional dental lab out of special materials that are immune to bacterial decay. However, the health of the surrounding gums and the abutment that holds the dental work in your mouth can still be threatened by poor oral hygiene. Gum disease could potentially compromise your bone structure and the roots of an abutment.

If you are having issues cleaning away plaque and stray food particles from around your dental work, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.

A water flosser creates a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food debris. This can help augment your brushing and improve oral hygiene at the gumline. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing for removing physical matter.

A floss threader can be very helpful for cleaning hard-to-reach places, between tightly spaced teeth, and around dental work. Using waxed dental floss makes it easier to slide the strand into place without the risk of snapping it or injuring your gums.

If you have a contoured area or tight spot between your teeth and a bridge or crown that you’re struggling to clean, you might want to try using an interdental brush. This is a miniature toothbrush with a small, angled head. It can quickly access areas that your normal toothbrush struggles to clean.

If you are in the Shepherdsville, Kentucky, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 502-908-9434 to schedule a consultation and checkup with Dr. Robert A. Bell at Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C..