• Consumer Health: How’s your breath?

a couple sitting at a table and woman covering her mouth because of bad breathBad breath: When you need more than a mint
Bad breath can be embarrassing, so it's no wonder there are so many gums, mints, mouthwashes and other products promising to give you sweet-smelling breath. But many of these products are only temporary measures because they don't address the cause of the problem. Find out what might be causing your bad breath and what you can do to prevent it.


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