Twice daily toothbrushing and daily flossing will greatly reduce your chances of tooth decay and gum disease.

REMEMBER:

  • Brush your teeth and gums twice a day.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste (with at least 1350ppm Fluoride).
  • Spit out the toothpaste and do not rinse with water. Water only dilutes the fluoride and therefore you’re losing the benefits.
  • Clean teeth and gums interdentally at least once a day (try floss, tape or interdental brushes).
  • The brush at bedtime is the most important one – make sure you only take water to bed.

Flossing

Using floss, tape or interdental brushes help to keep both your teeth and gums healthy.

This prevents the build up of plaque between the teeth preventing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath!

Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist if you're not sure how to floss!

What you will need:

Dental floss, tape or interdental brushes
A mirror
Time
Patience & practice!

Practice makes perfect…

  • Start with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around your fingers, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.
  • Holding the floss taut between your fingers, slide it gently up or down between your teeth.
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth – in a C shape.
  • Use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

Denture Care

It's important to look after your dentures and visit a dentist regularly to check both your mouth and your dentures for any damage. Dentures do not last forever – they can wear and your mouth may change shape over time.

Dentures can make a huge difference to your life – they can improve your confidence, speech and help you to eat a more varied diet, more comfortably.

There are different types of dentures:

Full Dentures
These will replace all of your teeth and sit over your gums, held in by suction.

Partial Dentures
These will replace some of your original teeth, they are normally kept in place by hooks around your remaining teeth or precision attachments.

Denture Implants
Sometimes dentures can be placed in the mouth over implants in your jawbone.

Have you just had new dentures?

Remember it will take you a few days to get used to them – if you develop a sore area you should contact your dentist as soon as possible for advice.

For the first few days just have soft food and take your time – this will increase your confidence.

Chew using the back part of your dentures as this helps to stabilise them. If you are suffering from coughs or sneezes make sure you hold your hand or a tissue/hanky to your mouth to prevent your bottom dentures from slipping out.

It's important to look after your mouth and dentures!

  • It’s really important to keep your mouth clean and healthy – brush any remaining teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Keep your mouth well hydrated.
  • Make sure you clean your dentures at least twice a day; morning and night and after meals.
  • When cleaning your dentures never use household cleaning products – plain water is fine! Alternatively there are lots of special denture cleaning products available.
  • Let your gums breath – if possible try to take your dentures out at bedtime and leave in water.