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How can drinking lots of water help prevent bad breath?

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Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria. Gums and mints containing xylitol are best.

SOURCES:

International Dental Health Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions: Bad Breath."

WorlDental.org: "The Truth About Halitosis, Bad Breath," "Bad Breath Causes and How to Get Rid of Bad Breath."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Oral Health: Halitosis (Bad Breath)."

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

International Dental Health Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions: Bad Breath."

WorlDental.org: "The Truth About Halitosis, Bad Breath," "Bad Breath Causes and How to Get Rid of Bad Breath."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Oral Health: Halitosis (Bad Breath)."

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

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