Chef and cookbook author Melinda Winner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) more than 25 years ago. To help others with arthritis regain independence in the kitchen, she authored A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking With Arthritis. These tips are an excerpt from her book.
Do you have less than minty-fresh breath? Bad breath (or halitosis) can be a sign of health problems such as gum disease or dry mouth – two conditions that affect people with arthritis. The dry mouth could be caused by having Sjogren’s syndrome or from taking common over-the-counter medicines for arthritis pain, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen.
“Halitosis is very common – and fortunately, very curable,” says Connie White, DDS, general dentist and spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry.
Use these smart solutions to keep bad breath at bay: