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Health Tip: Dealing With Body Odor and Bad Breath

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(HealthDay News) -- In rare instances, body odor or bad breath is a sign that something's wrong. In most cases, however, it's perfectly normal.

So how do you deal with it?

Typical body odor can be controlled by regular bathing, shaving, wearing clean clothing and using deodorant, the National Institutes of Health says.

A dry mouth allows bacteria to thrive. These bacteria often make compounds that contain sulfur, which produces a rotten-eggs-like smell.

Regular tooth brushing and use of mouthwash can help tame bad breath.

Here are the agency's additional suggestions:

  • Clean and care for your teeth and mouth. See your dentist regularly.
  • Keep your mouth moist and your body dry.
  • Avoid eating onions, garlic and other strong-smelling foods.

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