As a senior, what can I do to maintain good oral health?

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Seniors are more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay, which can lead to dental pain and discomfort. Keep your mouth healthy by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and scheduling regular professional cleanings and checkups. Full and partial denture wearers must also brush both dentures and remaining natural
teeth daily.

Seniors may also face unique challenges when it comes to dental care. For those with arthritis, just holding a toothbrush can be difficult. Insert the toothbrush handle into a rubber ball, sponge hair curler, or bicycle grip, or lengthen the handle with a ruler, popsicle stick or tongue depressor. Electric toothbrushes and dental floss holders may help those with dexterity problems.

Keep your smile healthy at any age by following a routine of proper oral care and seeing your dentist on a regular basis.