Whether you have natural teeth, dentures, or both, your mouth needs regular care to keep it clean, comfortable, and free from infection.
This checklist can help you evaluate your daily routine. Work through it with a pencil. If you answer yes to all of the questions, you’re on the right track.
1. Do you see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning?
Your dentist can do things that you can’t do for yourself: clean tartar, update your daily routine, find and fix hidden problems.
2. Do you check your mouth daily for changes?
Changes in the mouth can indicate underlying problems.
If you spot symptoms early, they can be treated before they get serious.
If you have some or all of your natural teeth:
3. Do you brush every surface of each tooth?
Trouble starts in the spots you miss.
Brush all the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces.
Use a soft brush; rub gently.
4. Do you floss daily?
Floss cleans where your brush can’t reach – between teeth and along the gumline.
If you don’t oss you’re not really getting clean.
5. Have you replaced your toothbrush within the last 3-4 months?
Yes ❏ No ❏
A worn toothbrush can’t clean effectively.
You’ll probably need a new brush three or four times a year.
If you have complete or partial dentures:
6. Do you soak your dentures overnight?
Gums need to rest and breathe.
Dentures warp if they dry out so keep them in warm water.
7. Do you scrub your dentures daily?
Bacterial plaque accumulates daily on dentures.
If not removed it can cause in inflammation and gum disease.
8. Do you massage and rinse your gums daily?
Gums need stimulation to stay healthy and provide a good comfortable denture fit.
A soft toothbrush works well; some people prefer moistened gauze