Posted on: 5 December 2018
The end-of-year holidays are almost here, which means there are plenty of functions to attend and yummy foods to eat. As someone who has just been fitted with dental bridges, you are still finding your way on what you can and can't eat with the bridge in place. Use this helpful cheat sheet to narrow down which foods you should avoid in order to keep your dental bridge looking as good as new.
1. No Caramels For You
Caramels, toffee, taffy and other sticky sweets are now a no-go food choice because of your dental bridge. The problem with sticky sweets like these is that they can get stuck between the bridge plate and the teeth. If you try to pry the stickiness away from the bridge, you risk damaging the plate or the tooth. The better option is to not eat these foods at all.
2. Say No To Candy Canes
Candy canes, ice in your drinks and other hard food items should also be avoided now that you have a dental bridge in place. The force needed to crack through these foods is too much pressure for your dental bridge and can quickly break either the bridge or teeth attached to it. You don't have to stick to soft foods, but you should say no to nuts, hard lollies and excess ice.
3. Beware Of Heat Sensitivity
With your natural teeth, there are no gaps between the teeth and the gum, but even the best-fitted dental bridge does have a small gap because of the way the bridge is designed to sit in your mouth. Be careful of drinking very hot drinks like coffee or milo when you first have your bridge fitted because if the liquid gets between the bridge and the gum, you could experience strong sensitivity. You could also burn the gum if very hot liquid gets trapped there. This does not mean you can't enjoy hot drinks or soups, but do make sure they are not scalding hot.
If you experience any issues with your dental bridge over the summer holidays while you are enjoying eating and drinking your way through the festive season, make a note of which foods or beverages are causing you discomfort. You can then raise these items with your dentist once you have time for an appointment in the new year. If you do notice any damage to the dental bridge in the interim, make an appointment with your dentist to get it fixed as soon as possible.Share