INFORMATION TO ASSIST IN MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH
As we are unable to perform routine dental / oral health procedures at this time here are some
Information to help keep you on track with your oral health maintenance.
Improve home care by adding a 3rd brushing
Floss 2x daily instead of 1x daily
Use antimicrobial rinse daily, rinse and gargle for at least 30 secs
Keep toothbrush clean and germ free
Do no share toothbrush
Keep fingers out of the mouth
Avoid biting nails and thumb sucking.
Avoid touching face and nose.
Wash hands frequently for 20-30 secs with antimicrobial soap and water (this will help to prevent transmission of Covid 19 Coronavirus)
Oral Health Tips for adults.
You can keep your teeth for your lifetime. Here are some things you can do to maintain a healthy mouth and strong teeth.
- Drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables.
- Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss 2x daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque.
- Visit your dentist at least twice 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.
- CDC: Tips From Former Smokers
- CDC: Managing Diabetes
- Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD)
- National Institutes of Health: Chemotherapy and Your Mouth pdf icon[PDF – 326KB]external icon
- National Institute on Aging: Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouthexternal icon
Page last reviewed: September 17, 2019