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Zinc About This

It may help your bad breath

(HealthDayNews) -- If you take zinc -- in lozenges or mouthwashes -- when you have a cold, you might try also using it every once in a while when you feel better.

That's because it helps reduce bad breath.

According to the French journal Revue De Stomatologie Et De Chirurgie Maxillo-Faciale, the main cause of chronic bad breath -- not just the type you get after eating garlic -- is a group of compounds that contains sulfur.

Because zinc binds to sulfur, it seems mouthwashes, gum and toothpaste that contain zinc can help reduce bad breath better than mints or most other compounds.

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