Prevention & Maintenance

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To help protect your teeth and gums against oral disease:

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:

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:

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.