Prevention & Maintenance


To help protect your teeth and gums against oral disease:

  • Use toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Visit a dentist at least every six months and bring a list of the medications you are taking
  • Brush real or replacement teeth at least twice daily
  • Floss real or replacement teeth at least once a day
  • Call your dentist if any change in your mouth persists beyond 14 days

Find more tips and resources for seniors and caregivers
under the Seniors' Oral Health tab in the Patient Resources page.

Do you have difficulty controlling your hand, arm or shoulder movement?

Here are some ideas on adapting standard toothbrushes:

  • Enlarge the handle with a tennis ball, sponge foam or bicycle grip
  • Lengthen with a stick or rod
  • Attach to the hand or arm with elastic or Velcro straps or hand brace
  • Bend the toothbrush handle
  • Try using an electric toothbrush (for people who cannot manage fine movements)

Dentures and Denture Care

If you are missing some of your natural teeth, you may want to think about filling out your smile with dentures. They can help you look younger while providing support to your cheeks and lips. Dentures aid in speaking, chewing and swallowing. Visit your dentist to find out if dentures are right for you.

Taking care of your dentures is vital to your overall oral health. Here are some tips on how to keep them in good condition:

  • Clean dentures over a water-filled sink to prevent damage if they are dropped
  • Place a small amount of liquid hand soap on the denture brush and brush all surfaces, including the clasps on a partial denture
  • Rinse well with water
  • Store in a labelled denture cup
  • To re-insert dentures, wet first with water to prevent discomfort

Do you have dentures that don’t fit?

Your dentures should not change shape. They were made to fit you and you alone. Sometimes however, your gums or bone supporting your dentures change naturally and your dentures will not fit you any longer. If this happens to you, please see your dentist so that adjustments can be made. In an emergency, dental adhesives can be used to ensure the dentures are stable until you see the dentist.

Do you think having dentures means you don’t have to go to the dentist?

It is still important to visit your dentist regularly, even if you no longer have your natural teeth. Your dentist will examine your mouth to check for any difficulties including problems with the tongue, the joints of the jaw, as well as screen you for disease (e.g. oral cancer). Many issues including disease are highly treatable when identified at an early stage.