Whether you're living with dentures or still have a full set of original teeth, maintaining good oral health is a vital part of protecting your overall wellbeing.

In fact, while most people assume tooth loss is an inevitable part of growing old, the truth is much different. Senior living does not necessarily have to lead to dentures, according to the Victorian Department of Health.

Beyond brushing your teeth twice a day, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure you keep on top of your health and wellbeing.

Care for your teeth

Regardless of whether your teeth are attached to your gums or can be removed each night, caring for these vital chomping tools is crucial for your health. This includes brushing and flossing regularly or following your dentist's recommendations in regards to denture care.

Not only will this protect your teeth against damage, but will ensure that you can continue to live independently without pain or discomfort impacting on your ability to eat or sleep.

Once sore teeth or gums affect your appetite, your health could go downhill fast. You should seek medical health as soon as possible if you notice pain or sensitivity.

Know what's normal

Get to know your mouth. Take a look each day to monitor the colour of your gums and the length and shape of your teeth.

Once you have a good understanding of how your mouth looks normally, it should be easy to notice when things start going wrong. For example, if your teeth look larger than normal this could mean your gums are receding – a sign of serious health problems.

Visit your dentist

While not many people enjoy sitting in the dentist's chair, it is important to keep up this habit – even when all your teeth are gone!

Asking a professional to check your teeth and gum health at least once a year is a great way to ensure any potential health problems are caught early.

Check your teeth to protect your health