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