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Have you recently replaced a missing tooth with a dental bridge in New Bedford, Massachusetts? If so, good for you! Now it’s time to start taking good care of it. If you keep it in tip-top shape, it can last for many years to come. That’s what you want, right? Right. So, to help you take good care of your dental bridge, your dentist, Dr. Purvesh Malaviya, and our dental team encourage you to do the following things on a regular basis:

-Brush: It’s best to brush your dental bridge twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You can brush your bridge while you brush the other teeth in your smile. Make sure to brush for two minutes each time and thoroughly scrub each chomper.

-Floss: Don’t be afraid to floss your bridge. Flossing is vital for your oral health. So, make sure you floss at least once a day with a product that is easy to use. If you use a product you’re comfortable with, you’ll reduce your chances of injuring your gums.

-Rinse: Rinse your mouth daily with a beneficial product, like fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash. Rinsing will help you complete the smile-cleaning job and will also help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

-Be careful where you chew: When you first get your dental bridge, be careful when chewing hard or sticky foods. In fact, it’s best if you just avoid chewing these foods on that side of the mouth. That way you won’t risk breaking or loosening the restoration.

As you can see, taking good care of your dental bridge isn’t as tough as you might have thought. To learn more or to find out how to take care of other dental restorations, please call our office today at 508-990-9900. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!