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What can adults do to maintain good oral health?

Posted by Beatriz Goulao (Admin) Jan 14, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), these are the top measures adults can take to maintain good oral health. Were you aware of all of these measures? Which ones do you do already? Which measures would you add?

  • Drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Practice good oral hygiene.
  • Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque.
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year, even if you have no natural teeth or have dentures.
  • Do not use any tobacco products.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Limit alcoholic drinks.
  • If you have diabetes, work to maintain control of the disease. This will decrease risk for other complications, including gum disease. Treating gum disease may help lower your blood sugar level.
  • If your medication causes dry mouth, ask your doctor for a different medication that may not cause this condition. If dry mouth cannot be avoided, drink plenty of water, chew sugarless gum, and avoid tobacco products and alcohol.
  • See your doctor or a dentist if you have sudden changes in taste and smell.
  • When acting as a caregiver, help older individuals brush and floss their teeth if they are not able to perform these activities independently.

This information is taken from the CDC website.

This post was edited on Jan 18, 2022 by Beatriz Goulao

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