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Tips for Bridge Care

Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges Houston, TXWe are fortunate to have the dental technology we do today; far fewer people are losing teeth as a result of current knowledge and treatment options. At Royal Dental, patients are encouraged to visit us often for preventive care that minimizes the risk of tooth loss. If necessary, though, our team has the extensive training to restore form and function with lifelike dental restorations.

Many people today choose to replace missing teeth with implants. However, dental bridges are still a good option in some cases. One of the important considerations that must be made before choosing a dental bridge is how it will be maintained to maximize longevity.

Structure Plays into Care

A dental bridge is different than natural teeth, and also from dental implant treatment, which means the care required to avoid unnecessary dental troubles is slightly more in-depth. This is because the bridge has an artificial tooth that sits on top of the gums. Care must be taken to remove biofilm and debris on a daily basis. Another difference in a dental bridge is the presence of two dental crowns, which creates a ridge around each anchor tooth that could attract bacteria.

How to Manage Oral Health with a Dental Bridge

  • Brush morning and night. This is nothing new, right? The thing is, brushing needs to carefully focus on the base of the two teeth that hold the bridge. The objective is to keep bacteria from accumulating in the small ridge, so none travel beneath the crown to cause trouble.
  • Use proper flossing technique. We realize that a large majority of people have a hard time remembering to floss as it is, let alone with a special dental fixture to work around. A floss threader is a special tool that makes flossing around the bridge possible. If you have a bridge, use this tool. Do not skip the floss. Bacteria beneath the bridge, or anywhere in the mouth, can find their way to the vulnerable area around dental crowns.
  • Use gentle brushing technique. As important as brushing is to good oral health, some people fall into the trap of overdoing it. It is vital that light pressure is used to brush teeth. Too much force abrades the gums, which can lead to recession, which can lead to gingivitis or worse. Also, toothbrush bristles can cause tiny scratches in the ceramic “teeth” in a dental bridge. Where there are scratches, there are bacteria.

In addition to thoughtful home care, routine checkups and cleanings provide the maintenance that is needed to support the long-term function of a dental bridge.

Children Win Big with Early Dental Care

Oral Exam & Cleaning Houston, TX The early childhood years are some of the most developmentally-inclined in a person’s life. Babies learn to sit up. They get their first teeth. They go from breastfeeding to eating solids to walking and talking and changing right in front of our eyes. During this time, a parent has a lot to manage. In the busy-ness of parenting, the significance of dental care could easily get muddled. Here, we want to point out the various ways that children win big by seeing the dentist.

Healthy Teeth Support Speech Development

For us to be able to make certain sounds of speech, it is necessary that teeth be in place. This is particularly relevant to the teeth at the front of the mouth because it is these teeth that the tongue touches to make sounds like “s” and “t.” Baby teeth are integral to the development of clear speech and need proper care from the moment they erupt.

A Healthy Smile is a Confidence-Booster

Children are far less concerned about their appearance than the average adult, thankfully. However, a child learns through early dental care what it means to have a healthy smile. The habits that are learned early in life foster ongoing practice that turns a learning child into a capable adult. Good oral care prevents a child from needing obvious tooth restorations and also from having bad breath. Finally, early orthodontic evaluation and treatment is a proactive step that can support high confidence during the teenage years.

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body

Most people realize that the state of the mouth has an effect on general health and wellness. Children who are “prone to cavities” may struggle with systemic immunity due to the heavy stress load presented by poor oral health. The chronic inflammation and presence of bacteria in infected gums have been linked to a long list of medical conditions later in life. Ultimately, an unhealthy smile affects a child (any person, really) on the most basic level. Discomfort such as sensitivity and tooth pain distract from both the pleasures and responsibilities of life.

Royal Dental has multiple offices in which children are treated with friendliness and compassion. Contact us to schedule your family’s care at Royal Dental.

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