Tips for maintaining healthy teeth and gums for adults

  • Drink fluoridated water – tap water is best (most bottled water doesn’t have fluoride).
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss between the teeth to remove dental plaque.
  • Visit your dentist on a regular basis, even if you have no natural teeth or have dentures. Dental check-ups are important for your overall health.
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products. If you smoke and are thinking of quitting, visit iCanQuit or call the NSW Quitline 137848 for advice and support.
  • Limit alcoholic drinks.
  • If you have diabetes, ensure you follow your treatment plan to keep your diabetes under control. This will decrease your risk of other complications, including gum disease.
  • See your doctor or a dentist if you have sudden changes in taste and smell.

NSW public dental services

Free dental care is available at NSW public dental clinics for:
  • all children under 18 years of age.
  • adults who hold a Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
  • anyone listed on your Centrelink concession cards.

For more information on public dental services, please visit:

Oral health resources for adults

Translated resources can be found on the Multicultural Health Communications Services website

Page Updated: Friday 17 April 2020