Chewing tobacco is one of the most potent causes of halitosis, and the American Dental Association (ADA) warns that it is in no way a safe alternative to smoking. Also called "dipping," this practice can lead to a whole host of oral problems, ranging from bad breath all the way to mouth cancer. This may be one reason why police in Bahrain have been confiscating chewing tobacco left and right these days.
Law enforcement in Bahrain, a small island and Asian kingdom in the Persian Gulf, seized loads of the stuff in convenience stores across the nation, according to Trade Arabia. The bad breath-causing product is illegal there, the news source noted.
Dr Amal Al Jowder, the Bahrain Health Ministry's education director, told the news organization that chewing tobacco can contribute to halitosis, as well as odor-causing cold sores, yellow teeth and periodontal disease.
She added that long term use of dip increases the risk of a number of cancers.
Using a specialty breath freshener can relieve some of the smell caused by constantly having a plug of tobacco under your lip. And as for quitting? The ADA notes that, besides carcinogens, dip often contains sugar, sand or harsh grit. Your teeth might be better off without it.