Doctor Charmaine Johnson offered suggestions on how to eliminate bad breath at Tuesday’s Coffee & Conversation program at Pride Center.

Johnson owns Premier Smile Center, 2717 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

“Know that there are some foods that are more odor producing – onions, garlic,” Johnson told the morning senior group.

The tongue, Johnson said, also harbors odor producing bacteria. She recommended buying a tongue scraper and scraping the back of the tongue 10 to 13 times daily to eliminate bacteria that produces foul smells.

Another way to eliminate bad breath, Johnson said, is flossing regularly. Dental flossing stops the buildup of plaque along the gums and teeth.

Johnson also informed the group that on Oct. 12 her office would be providing dental care to veterans at no cost in observance of “Freedom Day.” Veterans are encouraged to contact Premier Smile Center (954-566-7479) to schedule an appointment.

Elsewhere, Pride Center CEO Robert Boo said generosity is needed as the LGBT community in Houston deals with the disaster from Hurricane Harvey.

“What they really need is cold hard cash,” Boo said.

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Pride Center Development Director Roger Roa said the events season is near and reminded the group to sign-up for the center’s e-blast.

Around 170 people signed for this week’s program.

Next week’s sponsor is Emerald Elite Home Health. For more information, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.