Other oral health care tips

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, consider using mouthwash containing fluoride to promote oral health.

Also, resist the temptation to use toothpicks or other objects that could injure your gums and let in bacteria.

When to see the dentist

To prevent gum disease and other oral health problems, schedule regular dental cleanings and exams. In the meantime, contact your dentist if you notice any signs or symptoms that could suggest oral health problems, such as:

  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Gums that begin pulling away from your teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Changes in the way your top and bottom teeth align with each other
  • Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Persistent bad breath or an unusual taste in your mouth
  • Changes in the way your dentures or partial dentures fit
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Mouth ulcers or sores that don't heal

Remember, early detection and treatment of problems with your gums, teeth and mouth can help ensure a lifetime of good oral health.

May 03, 2016 See more In-depth