Bad breath does not just make social situations awkward, it can also be a sign that a senior is living with a health condition. According to Ft. Lauderdale senior care providers, when seniors live with bad breath, it is most likely caused by one of these six common issues.
1. Oral Bacteria
A lot of bacteria can flourish in the mouth, and many of these bacteria expel waste products that have an unpleasant scent. These stinky bacteria are the number one cause of bad breath, but brushing teeth, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash can remove them.
2. Tonsil Stones
Tonsil stones are an accumulation of bacteria and food matter that can clump together in the pockets of the tonsils and calcify. They typically look hard and white, and can smell quite unpleasant. Gargling with salt water can help to loosen or prevent tonsil stones from forming.
3. Acid Reflux
Chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a particularly common cause of bad breath because the overflow of stomach acid can be smelled through the mouth. Stomach acid can also erode teeth and create an acidic environment where smelly bacteria can flourish.
4. Tobacco Use
Not only does tobacco use cause unpleasant tobacco-scented breath, but smoking cigarettes can also cause bad breath because they increase a senior’s risk of getting gum disease or cavities.
5. Certain Medications
Certain medications smell unpleasant when metabolized by the body. Many common medications for depression, blood pressure, and angina cause a dry mouth and bad breath. Live-in Ft. Lauderdale caregivers should read up on a senior’s medication side effects if they have bad breath.
6. Poorly Cleaned Dentures
If dentures are not cleaned regularly, they can become a haven for bacteria. It is therefore important for you to remind your senior loved one to wash his or her dentures daily. Dentures can be particularly smelly if they do not fit properly, so make sure the dentures are fitting correctly.
Boost your loved one’s physical wellbeing at home with help from Home Care Assistance. In addition to helping seniors with everyday tasks like personal care and housekeeping, we provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke care in Ft. Lauderdale that assists seniors with more specific needs. Call us at (954) 909-0370 today to meet with a trusted Care Manager and customize a care plan for your loved one.