How does Vitamin C help prevent bad breath?

Vitamin C may help prevent bad breath in several ways. Breath that smells unpleasant is one symptom of the mild form of gum disease called gingivitis. A diet low in vitamin C appears to promote gingivitis. If you're not getting enough vitamin C, increasing your intake may help prevent gingivitis and eliminate the bacteria in your mouth that can contribute to bad breath. Be sure to eat plenty of oranges, berries, tomatoes, and other foods high in vitamin C.
Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin that can help prevent gingivitis (gum disease) that causes bad breath (halitosis).  So eat foods that are high in Vitamin C .... grab an orange, a papaya or a mango, or add a tomato to your sandwich.   
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Vitamin C can help prevent gum disease and gingivitis - major causes of bad breath. By eating foods rich in vitamin C, you also create an inhospitable environment for bacteria growth. Chow down on citrus fruits like oranges, or grab some berries and melons to get your daily dose of vitamin C.
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