As people live longer and retain more natural teeth, the complexity of their treatment increases. Older adults are at risk for getting cavities, gum disease and mouth cancer – and these may not cause any pain or discomfort until they are advanced. In addition, people with no natural teeth are at risk for mouth cancer as well as gum problems. Denture wearers need to have their mouth and their dentures checked at least once a year. Everyone needs to see their dentist for a checkup at least once a year.
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How long should I spend cleaning my teeth?
Spend 120 seconds at the bathroom sink when brushing and flossing. Having healthy teeth and gums helps keep your arteries and immune system in top shape, which helps keep your body working like it should. Flossing and brushing daily can prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss, which can make you look and feel 6.1 years younger.
What are the most common oral health problems in women?
Everyone should practice good oral hygiene but sometimes women have special oral health needs and considerations which can make them more at risk for tooth decay. Hormonal fluctuations have a surprisingly strong influence on the mouth and many women have special needs at different stages of life. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can all influence oral health. During these times, your body experiences hormonal changes. By understanding these changes, you can practice good oral health habits that can keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months, and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
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