March 20 is Oral Health Day

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What Can I Do to Maintain Good Oral Health?

Here are some helpful ways to maintain a healthy mouth and strong teeth.

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.
  • If you have diabetes, work to maintain control of the disease. This will decrease risk for other complications, including gum disease.
  • If your medication causes dry mouth, ask your doctor for a different medication. If dry mouth cannot be avoided, drink plenty of water and avoid tobacco products and alcohol.
  • See your doctor or 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.