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Battling Bad Breath
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If your breath is capable of dissolving iron (indicated by a sudden lack of friends), you might want to consider a few helpful hints. Halitosis is most often the result of bacteria in the mouth. Dry mouth is a common problem in older adults. Without enough saliva to wash away bacteria, they become trapped in your gums and teeth where they create that unpleasant odor.

To keep your mouth as clean as possible, brush your teeth, gums, and tongue after every meal and floss regularly. If you have dentures, clean them at least once a day. A tongue scraper can also be a useful tool for keeping your tongue and breath fresh.

See your doctor for regular cleanings to prevent gum disease. If the problem persists, seek medical help because diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, and other conditions can all give the breath an unusual odor.

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