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Oral health

As we age, it is especially important to be aware of the conditions that can affect oral health. Maintaining good oral care is important for healthy aging. Regular check-ups with your dentist certainly help!

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    Patient education: Oral allergy syndrome (Beyond the Basics)

    UpToDate - patient information
    Oral allergy syndrome is a type of food allergy caused by uncooked fruits, raw vegetables and nuts. The most common symptom is itching of the mouth and throat. In most cases avoiding the foods that cause symptoms is the best treatment.
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    Oral health: Brush up on dental care basics

    Mayo Clinic
    Maintain your oral health by brushing your teeth two times a day using a fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. Electric or battery-operated toothbrushes may be a good alternative to a manual toothbrush. Don't forget to floss daily, practice good brushing and flossing techniques, keep your brushing equipment clean and know when to replace it, and get routine dental cleanings.
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    When and how often should you brush your teeth?

    Mayo Clinic
    The white film that develops on our teeth is called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that produce acids. These acids go on to wear down the protective outer layer of our teeth, a.k.a. enamel, causing cavities. Plaque that remains on teeth can harden to become tartar. Tartar, if left to accumulate, can lead to gum disease. Brush your teeth twice-daily, floss every day, limit the consumption of sugary drinks and food, and drink a lot of water to help keep your mouth healthy.
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    Basic Dental Care

    Health Link B.C.
    Take care of your oral health by brushing your teeth, flossing, and eating a diet that promotes mouth health—such as one rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and sources of protein. Routine cleanings and check-ups by a dentist or dental hygienist are also recommended.
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    I frequently have a dry mouth. What can I do to relieve this problem?

    Mayo Clinic
    Some tips for temporary relief of dry mouth: chew sugar-free gum, limit caffeine intake, use a humidifier and sip water (more ideas in this resource). The best way to treat dry mouth in the long-term is to address the cause.
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    Bruxism (teeth grinding)

    Mayo Clinic
    Tooth sensitivity or a sore jaw can be symptoms of teeth grinding. Reduce stress, avoid caffeine and schedule regular dental appointments to help prevent teeth grinding.
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    Oral hygiene

    Patient.co.uk
    Brush teeth at least 2 times a day using a soft brush and toothpaste with fluoride for 2 minutes. Replace the brush every 3-4 months. Brush teeth before eating or at least an half hour after eating. Clean in between teeth at least once a day.
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    Dental plaque and gum disease

    Patient.co.uk
    Plaque build-up and gum disease can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, and clean between your teeth.
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    Burning mouth syndrome

    Mayo Clinic
    Burning mouth can be uncomfortable and make it difficult to eat or fall asleep. Drink plenty of water and suck on ice, avoid acidic or spicy foods, tobacco products, alcohol and carbonated drinks, and manage your stress.
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    Oral health: A window to your overall health

    Mayo Clinic
    Poor oral health may contribute to other more serious illnesses, such as heart disease. Practice good oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing. Visit your dentist for regular checkups.
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    Does whitening toothpaste actually whiten teeth?

    Mayo Clinic
    Whitening toothpaste is slightly useful for removing surface stains on teeth. However, it cannot change the natural colour of your teeth or lighten deep stains. Choose whitening toothpastes approved by a well-known dental organization.
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    Denture care: How do I clean dentures?

    Mayo Clinic
    To keep your dentures clean, rinse them after eating, soak them overnight and clean them with denture cleaner at least once a day. Don’t use whitening toothpaste, hot water or bleaches. Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups.
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    Bad Breath (Halitosis)

    HealthLine
    Bad breath or halitosis can be a temporary or chronic condition caused by various factors, such as poor dental hygiene, foods or beverages with strong odours, smoking, dry mouth, gum disease, and underlying health conditions. Brush your teeth, floss, use mouthwash, and stay hydrated to prevent bad breath.
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    The evidence on flossing

    Evidence-based Living
    Brush and floss teeth regularly to help prevent gum disease. More good quality research is needed on the benefits of flossing, and whether it helps prevent tooth decay and plaque.
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    Why don't you keep up your smile?

    More seniors are keeping their natural teeth longer and have increased oral health care needs. It is important to start planning early for many aspects of your retirement, including your oral health.
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    Brushing teeth can save lives! The quality of oral health among seniors points to neglect and shows we need to 'brush up' on mouth care

    The importance of brushing your teeth is highly under-rated. In fact not brushing your teeth or maintaining good oral hygiene puts you at risk for serious health complications. This may be the case in some long term care homes where neglect of oral health may be a form of elder abuse.
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