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Your Oral Health

Seniors’ Oral Health

Taking care of your Natural Teeth

Has the twice-daily task of cleaning your teeth become a major frustration? Here are a few simple ideas that may make it easier for you to brush and floss:

• Use a toothbrush with soft bristles all the same length;
• Use a fluoride toothpaste;
• Start with the toothbrush on your gums, and brush down on your top teeth and up on your bottom teeth;
• With your toothbrush, very gently massage the area where the teeth meet the gums;
• Gently brush your tongue and the inside of your cheeks;
• After brushing, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water;
• Floss every day;
• See your dentist regularly;
• Enlarge the handle of the toothbrush by attaching a sponge, rubber ball or bicycle-handle grip. You could also try winding an elastic bandage or adhesive tape around the handle;
• If you find that a longer toothbrush handle would be helpful, try taping a popsicle stick or tongue depressor to the handle;
• If you have trouble holding on to the brush, attach the brush to your hand with a large rubber, or elastic, band;
• Tie dental floss into a loop for easier handling;
• Another option is to use an electric toothbrush or commercial floss holder.

Keeping your mouth healthy shouldn't be a struggle. If you find that these tips don't solve your problem, see your dentist today. Your dentist will be able to provide a more customized solution for your specific situation.