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Healthy habits

Brush and floss daily


Brushing and flossing is just as important to you as it is to your grandchildren. Even if it's been years since you had a cavity, your risk for cavities increases with age. One reason is dry mouth, a common side effect of many prescription drugs.


Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head to reach hard-to-reach areas. Replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles become dull. If you have arthritis or another condition that limits movement, try an electric toothbrush.


Clean between teeth daily. You can use dental floss or another product made specifically for cleaning between the teeth, such as pre-threaded flossers, small brushes that reach between the teeth, or waterpik.



Clean dentures daily


Bacteria stick to teeth and also to full or partial dentures. If you wear dentures, remember to clean them daily with cleansers made specifically for dentures. Do not use natural toothpastes or household cleaners, which are too abrasive and can damage dentures which can be expensive to replace.


Remove your dentures for at least four hours every 24 hours to keep the lining of your mouth healthy. It is best to remove all or part of your dentures at night. Your dentist will give you instructions on how long to wear your dentures each day.


Visit a dentist regularly


Get regular dental checkups at least twice a year; don't wait until you have pain. Because? As you age, the nerves inside your teeth become smaller and less sensitive. By the time you feel pain from a cavity, it may be too late and you may lose the tooth. There are also more serious conditions that your dentist will look for, such as oral cancer and gum disease, that don't always cause pain until late in the disease. By then, it is more difficult and expensive to treat. Schedule an appointment for your next checkup.




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