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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.

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