Clean Your Dentures
Cleaning your dentures (full or partial) daily will keep bacteria from sticking. Use cleaners that are made especially for dentures so that you don’t risk damage from unsuitable abrasives. To keep your mouth lining healthy, dentures should be out of your mouth at least 4 hours in 24. Putting them in a liquid solution at night is a good idea.
Brushing and Flossing
Most seniors suffer from dry mouth because of common prescription medications, and is a leading cause of cavities. Even if you haven’t had a cavity for a long time, you are still at risk because of this. So, don’t neglect daily brushing and flossing.
Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride. Getting between the teeth is important, and brushing cannot do it all. Try a pre-threaded dental floss or water flosser if the traditional floss spool is difficult for you. Also, an ADA approved mouthwash is also a wise addition to get at hidden plaque and bacteria.
Don’t wait until you have discomfort to make a dental appointment. As you grow older, the nerves in your mouth will become desensitized and there are various forms of gum disease and oral cancer that can advance beyond help before any pain becomes apparent.
When you go for your check-up bring a list of your medications, medical conditions, info about your doctors, emergency contacts, insurance/medicaid, and don’t forget to bring your dentures if you have them.
Two Tips – Drinking and Smoking
Some seniors have grown up drinking from wells with fluoride in the water and have benefited from the experience. While there are fewer wells around, you can keep that benefit by continuing the practice. Lastly, if you are a smoker, stop. It’s never too late to quit, and it will reduce many dental issues and diseases.
Dr. Richard Evans would be happy to help you with your dental needs. If we can answer questions or help you in any way, please contact Summit Dental of La Mesa at: 619-460-0700, or come by our office in La Mesa, California.