Oral Health for Older Adults

It is important to take care of your oral health at every stage in life. If you do not take care of your oral health, you can be at risk for certain disease such as tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. These diseases can lead to other health issues if not taken care of. Below are some tips for taking care of your oral health.

  • checkedBrush twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride and a soft-bristle toothbrush
  • checkedUse a pea-size amount of toothpaste
  • checked Floss in between teeth at least once a day if able
  • checkedEat a diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole-grains daily
  • checkedVisit the dentist once every 6 months
  • checkedEven if you have dentures, it’s important to go to the dentist

Do you wear dentures?

Remember, it is important to visit the dentist even if you do not have teeth or if you have dentures. Avoid smoking or vaping and limit alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks. Drinking plenty of water instead of sugary drinks can help stop tooth decay.

Do You Have Dentures?

Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.