It is hard to argue that smoking does not cause bad breath, since numerous studies have shown that it does. The American Dental Association states unequivocally that using tobacco can cause halitosis, stained teeth, gingivitis and periodontal disease. It also recommends asking a dentist for tips on how to quit.
While it may sound a little silly, asking a dental health expert about tobacco use, smoker's breath and quitting is not as far fetched as it may seem. A hurdle that many cigarette users face on the way to smoking cessation and fresh breath is that few people feel it is their place to say when an adult should or should not stop smoking.
Think of it this way. Someone - a friend, a co-worker or a family member - tells you to quit doing something because it makes your breath smell. Do you get annoyed? Many people would. However, dental hygienists have an authority, as well as the license of a stranger, to say what others may balk at - smoking causes bad breath.
A study published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene found that special training programs can even increase the frequency with which dental experts talk to patients about quitting smoking.
Besides quitting, using a specialty breath freshening rinse can neutralize the odors of smoker's breath.