The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak was caught smoking by TMZ just two weeks before announcing she was pregnant. In addition to causing bad breath and tooth decay, smoking can cause a number of defects in unborn babies.
According to the March of Dimes, smoking during pregnancy can lower a baby’s birth weight and increase the risk of cleft palate, premature birth and stillbirth. And while reality stars who smoke are rarely good role models for pregnant women, they are never set a good example for people with halitosis.
Smoking is almost guaranteed to cause bad breath in one form or another. Most immediately, the smoke from a cigarette lingers on the tongue and teeth and in the tissues of the lungs, giving off the charred, plastic smell of carbon monoxide and tar.
In addition, the tar and chemicals from tobacco - including formaldehyde and ammonia - help provide a fertile environment for tooth decay and gingivitis. Oral infections and dental plaque give off a variety of foul odors, primarily that of rotted food or eggs associated with hydrogen sulfide.
In addition to avoiding tobacco for the safety of one’s body and one’s baby, individuals looking to reduce bad breath may consider brushing twice daily, flossing and using specialty breath fresheners to moisten the mouth and kill odor-causing microorganisms.