Good oral hygiene helps you protect your smile. A healthy, happy mouth is a mouth free of tooth decay or pain. Whether you are 3 or 103, good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist can help you keep your smile.
Many people think that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but regular visits to the dentist can prevent some dental problems, and catch other problems early on. The American Dental Association recommends seeing a dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleanings and oral health exams.
You can help prevent tooth decay by following these tips:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
- Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking.
Even if you wear full dentures, you need to practice good oral hygiene.
- Brush your dentures daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.
- Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures.
- When you brush, clean everything, including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque.
- When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping.
Ask Dr. Turner for recommendations on denture cleansers and adhesives.