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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.