Age makes a lot of irreversible changes in our appearance and health. Some changes aren’t particularly pleasant to people, and one of them is bad breath. We will tell you what causes the “offensive” smell and how you can get rid of it.
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With age, the condition of teeth deteriorates. Dental plaque and food remnants provoke bacteria multiplication, leading to various infections, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and periodontitis.
Saliva is an excellent aid in processing food, reducing the number of bacteria, and moistening the cavity. However, over time, the salivary glands stop producing a sufficient amount of fluid, causing dryness.
Many older people use false teeth or have partial dentures. However, prolonged or improper use can cause tissue inflammation, resulting in bad breath.
The smell can be the first alarm to consult a specialist. Unpleasant breath can also be caused by some other diseases, for instance, diabetes, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and renal failure.
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Older people with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease may forget about the need to brush their teeth or are simply unable to do so. Therefore, they require help to maintain oral hygiene.
What should you do?
Before you start getting rid of the unpleasant smell, you should consult a doctor to find out the reason. You also need to do the following:
- visit your dentist and make sure your dentures are all right; don’t forget about special care products;
- look for ways that help the mouth stay wet; drink more fluid to maintain balance;
- brush your teeth with fluoride-containing toothpaste at least 1-2 times a day – after waking up and before bedtime;
- get flossing to clean hard-to-reach places from food remnants;
- use a soft rinse for teeth and gums.
Finally, don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year. We hope our advice will help you avoid problems with the teeth and mouth, and get rid of unpleasant breath.
What about you? Do you have your own ways to hide bad breath? Share your experience in the comments.
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