(HealthDay News) -- Bad breath affects more than 40 million Americans, the American Dental Hygienists' Association says.
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Routine dental cleanings can help limit buildup of plaque, which can reduce bad breath.
The association suggests these additional bad-breath preventives:
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating.
- Chew sugarless gum to stimulate flow of saliva -- nature's own cleanser.
- Snack on celery, carrots or apples to help get rid of debris between teeth.
- Eat a balanced diet. Vitamin deficiency can contribute to gum disease and bad breath.
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