A bridge should be treated very similarly to other natural teeth. Most importantly, you should continue excellent oral hygiene with routine brushing and flossing. The only change dentists recommend is the way you floss around the bridge. When flossing the two ends of the bridge, you should slide the floss out instead of lifting the floss up and snapping it out. Your hygienist or dentist will practice this technique with you. Also, a special instrument will be needed to floss underneath the fake tooth in the middle part of the bridge. This instrument is called a floss-threader and can be purchased at a local drugstore. Your dentist and hygienist will teach you how to properly floss and use a floss-threader to keep the bridge clean.
Even though a dental bridge covers the visible portion of your teeth above the gum line, a cavity can still develop where the edge of a bridge meets natural tooth structure. Thus, proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to prevent and treat any potential problems.