Seniors face a range of special oral concerns, including root decay
and periodontal disease. You can keep your smile healthy by following
a routine of proper oral care and making regular visits to Castle
Hill Family Dental Practice.
Denture care and cleaning
Dentures—full or partial—should be brushed daily with
a soft toothbrush or denture cleaning brush, using a commercially
prepared denture powder or paste, hand soap, or baking soda. Toxic
or abrasive household cleaners should never be used. Dentures should
be brushed inside and outside, and rinsed with cool water.
Remaining natural teeth and gums, especially those teeth supporting
a partial denture, should also be brushed.
When not in use, dentures should be covered with water or a denture
cleaning solution to prevent drying.
For people who have dexterity problems and cannot use a manual
toothbrush, an electric toothbrush may be easier to use. Numerous
studies confirm that electric brushes are excellent plaque removing
devices and are extremely effective in stimulating gums. Dental
floss holders are also available.
Among other benefits, daily brushing and flossing protect older
smiles from two common problems of ageing: Root decay-a condition
that affects older adults if a great amount of root surfaces are
exposed-and tooth decay caused by the weakening or chipping of older