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Taking Care of Your Teeth

Teeth are really important. Not only do they help you eat and speak properly, oral health is linked to general health, so if you’re not taking care of your teeth you could be increasing your risk of conditions like heart disease and pneumonia.

Clean Your Teeth

If you have your own teeth, make sure you brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Take care to brush the outside, inside and the biting edge of each tooth – and clean your tongue. After you finish
brushing don’t rinse – leaving the toothpaste on your teeth helps to protect them from decay.

If you wear dentures, keep these clean by brushing them with a denture brush and denture paste or mild soap. Do not use a not fluoride toothpaste as it can damage the dentures.

Regular cleaning prevents the build-up of bacteria. Store dentures overnight in cold water or a denture solution.

 

Avoid Too Many Sugary Treats

Every time you have something sugary to eat and drink your natural teeth get attacked by acid, which your saliva washes away. Yet if you’re regularly having sugary treats and drinks, or you have dry mouth with less saliva, your teeth could be under constant attack.

Try to have tooth kind snacks like cheese and crackers, or tooth kind drinks like milk or tap water, that does not contain sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure you swish and swallow some tap water after each sugary drink or snack.

 

See A Dentist Regularly

Some people may be reluctant to visit the dentist, yet oral care as we age is more important than ever. ECH dental partner Respect Dental offers mobile dental services to clients in the comfort of their own home.

Services include comprehensive exams, oral health care plans, scale and cleaning, fillings, extractions, dentures and radiographs.

ECH clients who are on a Home Care Package can utilise Respect Dental’s services.

If you would like to find out more about Respect Dental services, please contact your Care Coordinator or call 1300 275 324.