Oral Health Tips

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  1. Practice good oral hygiene.
  2. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque.
  3. Visit your dentist at least once a year, even if you have no natural teeth or have dentures.
  4. Do not use any tobacco products. If you smoke, make a plan to quit.
  5. Limit/avoid alcoholic drinks.
  6. 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.
  7. If your medication causes dry mouth, ask your doctor for a different medication that may not cause this condition. If dry mouth can’t be avoided, drink plenty of water.
  8. See your doctor or a dentist if you have sudden changes in taste and smell or notice any sores in and around your mouth. 

Source: cdc.gov