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Can foods cause bad breath?

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Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, not only leave lasting odors in your mouth, but are also absorbed into the bloodstream. The odors are then expelled from the lungs. Until these foods are eliminated from the body, mouthwash, chewing gum, and toothpaste can only mask the odors on the breath.

From: Bad Breath WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Proctor and Gamble's beinggirl.com: "Holy Halitosis." 

Georgia Dental Association: "Battle Bad Breath." 

American Dental Association: "Bad Breath (Halitosis)." 

 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES: 

Proctor and Gamble's beinggirl.com: "Holy Halitosis." 

Georgia Dental Association: "Battle Bad Breath." 

American Dental Association: "Bad Breath (Halitosis)." 

 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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