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Can you floss between a bridge?

I am a 53 year old male. I want to know if I can you floss between a bridge?

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You can still floss normally between a bridge and the neighboring teeth. Flossing underneath a bridge requires slightly more effort, but is absolutely necessary if you wish to have the bridge last as long as possible. There are commercially available floss threaders that will allow you to pass dental floss underneath the bridge so you can squeegee the underside and remove trapped food debris. The method I recommend most often to my patients is to use a water flosser once or twice a day prior to bedtime. There are several brands available, the most commonly available is Waterpik.
I hope this helps!
Yes of course. Try a floss threader or waterpik
Use water flosser or super floss to clean under the bridge
Yes, using readily available floss threaders which can be purchase in the dental care sections of all supermarkets and drugstores.
No you can't
You can use special floss to floss underneath a bridge.

David M. Garazi, DMD
Yes you should be flossing under your bridge to keep that area clean and the adjacent teeth healthy. There are a few products on the market that helps you to be able to do that- one is a bridge aid- it looks like a small sewing needle that you can thread the floss through and use that to thread the floss under the bridge. Another good product is super floss- you can usually thread that under a bridge to help clean under there. Lastly there’s the waterpik which uses water pressure to clean under the bridge. Good luck!
You should be able to floss between a bridge if you have the correct aids to do so. Often, there is a missing tooth so there is an easier gap to negotiate, but sometimes your natural teeth are connected together. No matter, it is still important to floss or use a WATERPIK to remove accumulated food and plaque to maintain healthy gums and prevent decay. There is a myriad of aids available in most drug stores such as: Superfloss which can be threaded under a bridge as well as used to floss natural teeth; Proxabrushes made by Gum, Oral B, TePee and other companies come in various sizes and configurations and can be used to clean under bridges as well as between your natural teeth; Soft Picks are flexible, rubbery, serrated tooth picks which are thin and will not stab your tissue, but will clean around your teeth and bridges; There are also floss threaders, which I have heard are now hard to find in stores but may be available through your dental provider. The Waterpik or electronic flosser might be the best choice for anyone with poor dexterity. These aids are also suitable to use around dental implants.
The teeth on the sides of the bridge can be flossed regularly, but the teeth included in the bridge will require super floss to clean properly under the bridge.
Yes, there is a specific tool called a bridge floss threader. A few different companies make them and are available at your local drug store. Waterpik works well as another form of cleaning around a bridge.
While you cannot actually pass floss through the teeth in the middle of a bridge, there are plenty of devices that you can use to floss underneath it. And, of course, you can floss through the front and back teeth of the bridge. As for the devices, there are floss threaders and so called "super-floss," that allow you to pull floss underneath the bridge. These are inexpensive, but may take some time to learn how to use them effectively. There are also, special brushes called "proxabrushes," that loos like small bottle brushes. These allow you to brush under your bridge. And, finally I strongly recommend the use of a sonic tooth brush. Recently, Waterpik has introduced the "Sonic Fusion" tooth brush which combines the sonic brush with a spray of water that shoots underneath the bridge. These look very promising and go for about $80 at Bed Bath and Beyond. Hope this helps. Good luck!
Yes you can with a floss threader
Yes and it’s essential to clean and maintain the area under a bridge to prevent cavities and gum disease. A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. The two teeth on either side of the space are used as supports, and the bridge, usually 3 teeth (2 supports and one replacement) are cemented into place. The three teeth are all connected making traditional flossing difficult. You should still be able to floss normally in front of and behind the bridge. In the area of the replacement tooth you will need to use a floss threader. A threader is a slender flexible piece of plastic that helps you pass the floss under the false tooth, then you may floss under the bridge. Take care to clean under the false tooth as well as where it connects to your natural teeth. If you are unsure if you are doing it correctly, then ask your dentist or hygenist to demonstrate.

Aside from using floss threaders with traditional floss, there are products like Superfloss that have the threader already connected to a piece of floss. Some people also prefer using a water flosser, common brands are Hydrofloss and WaterPik.
No, you can’t floss between a bridge because the teeth are all fused together with a bridge. You can floss in front of the bridge and behind it but to clean the in between part you have to use a floss threader or super floss which you can buy at a pharmacy or the dental section in a Target, Walmart, etc. You thread the floss under the bridge!
No, usually with a conventional bridge the floss is blocked by the connected porcelain. The best way to clean under your bridge is with floss threaders, or super floss. I also highly recommens a water pic device.
Bridges are fused together and you cannot floss between them, however, you can floss under a bridge by using a floss threader.

You cannot floss between a bridge but you need to floss under a bridge. You need special floss to do this or a floss threader. I would suggest you use super floss. It has a threader on the end of it.

Brian Reavley, DDS

Good for your for wanting to floss with a bridge. Having a bridge does change the way you have to floss a little. You cannot floss between the teeth on a bridge as they are connected on the sides. You can, however, floss underneath the bridge and they make specific floss threaders for this. It is a little plastic piece with an eye loop. You tie the floss to the eye loop and now the floss will slide under the bridge.
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD
You do need to floss between the bridge using water pik, or super floss