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Living the Fast Life: How to Maintain Good Oral Health as a Working Adult

Hannah Johnson - Monday, December 10, 2018 - 


Adult hygiene is just as important as hygiene is as a child or teenager. You can keep your teeth for your lifetime if you follow and maintain a healthy mouth.
 
The following are tips for adults to maintain their oral health:
  • Drink fluoridated water
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush teeth thoroughly and floss between the teeth
  • Visit your dentist on a regular basis (even if you have dentures or veneers)
  • Do not use any tobacco products
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Have diabetes? Work to maintain control of the disease; this can decrease your risk for gum disease.
  • Try to avoid ‘dry mouth’ if possible. If it is caused by a medication, ask your doctor if you can switch medications.
  • If dry mouth cannot be avoided, drink lots of water, limit your sugar intake, and avoid tobacco and alcohol.
 
 
Too busy to maintain these steps? Here are a few to help on-the-go adults:
  • Carry a portable toothbrush
  • Avoid dry mouth: drink water and rinse your mouth out after a meal
  • Chewing sugar free gum
  • Leave your toothbrush out to dry
  • Mind those sugary treats
 

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