Mouth care routine
Following a regular mouth care routine can help prevent or lessen mouth problems:
- Brush your teeth and gums every morning and evening using a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Provided it isn’t sore, gently brush your tongue when cleaning your teeth.
- Use water or an alcohol-free mouthwash to rinse your mouth after meals. You can do this more often if needed. You can make a mouthwash by dissolving one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in 600mls (1 pint) of boiled then cooled water.
- Rinse your dentures after meals.
- Remove your dentures at night. Clean them with a toothbrush and toothpaste or denture paste. Soak them overnight in a denture solution containing sodium hypochlorite (for example 1tsp of Milton® in 400ml water), but if your dentures have metal parts use chlorhexidine solution instead. Rinse dentures well before use.
- If your doctor prescribes a mouthwash for you, use it regularly as prescribed.
- Gently use dental tape or floss daily.
- Keep your lips moist by using Vaseline® or a flavoured lip balm.
- A pen torch and mirror can be helpful for inspecting inside your mouth.