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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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5 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath

by Jimmy Carter

Bad breath can be seriously embarrassing. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to get rid of it. Use these tips to free yourself from the shame of bad breath forever.

1. Reevaluate Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Bad breath often results from bacteria in the mouth producing waste gases that smell bad. The best way to get rid of these bacteria is to brush and floss your teeth more often and more thoroughly. Take your time over your brushing in the morning and evening, making sure you clean all surfaces of the teeth without skipping over any parts. Use string floss or an interdental brush to clean between your teeth. If you still have problems, try adding in an extra cleaning session after lunch.

2. Rinse Your Mouth After Eating

Sometimes, the foods that you eat can stick to your teeth and cause your breath to smell bad. Rinsing your mouth after eating is a great way to get rid of excess food particles to weaken the smell. You can use plain water, but an antibacterial mouthwash is even better as it gets rid of bacteria that feast on scraps of food and create foul smells.

3. Avoid Smelly Foods

Onions and garlic are two foods that can have a detrimental effect on the way your breath smells. The worst part is that you can't completely eliminate the smell by cleaning your teeth, as compounds in these foods enter your bloodstream and actually change the smell of the air that you exhale. If you have an important event coming up where you need to have sweet-smelling breath, cut these foods from your diet for a few days beforehand.

4. Stop Smoking

Smoking is not only terrible for your oral health, but it also leaves a lingering stale smell on your breath. While brushing your teeth and flossing can help, and an even better option is to quit smoking completely. Ask your doctor for a referral to a smoking cessation program or for medication that could help to control your cravings.

5. See Your Dentist

Bad breath that won't go away no matter how you change your lifestyle is a symptom of gum disease. You need to see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment of this condition, which can lead to tooth loss if you ignore it. Dentists can prescribe medicated mouth rinses and carry out professional cleaning procedures that help to tackle gum disease.