Those tools we give our orthodontic patients aren’t just for braces. Many patients at Bensalem Family Dentistry have benefitted from fixed bridges, but in order for their new teeth to last a life time, patients have to know how to clean them. Fortunately, there are several commonly-available items that can help.
A threader is a big loop with a pointy end which is used to draw floss in the same way a needle draws thread. Many people first learn to use it to floss around orthodontic wiring, but it also works with bridges. The patient only needs to draw the floss through the gap between the bridge and the gum line, and then they can clean the bridge and the sides of the pontic teeth. If the bridge is supported by implants, they may also be able to slide a proxy brush through the gap. Also known as Christmas tree brushes, proxy brushes are small, conical brushes which can dislodge bits of food debris.
There are also more specialized products available. Some floss manufacturers produce floss with stiffened tips which can be pushed through a bridge gap, and makers of electric tooth brushes make adjustable heads for their instruments which can clean the tips of implants. There are all sorts of options for people with bridges to maintain their oral health.
Dr. Michael Eisenbrock runs Bensalem Family Dentistry at 3554 Hulmeville Road, Suite 111, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, 19020. To schedule an appointment, call 215-874-4042 or visit BensalemDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.