There are countless reasons for smokers to kick the nasty habit, but many people may overlook the bad breath that comes along with tobacco products. The chemicals that are found in cigarettes, such as tar and nicotine, are left in your mouth after puffing a cigarette that stick to your teeth, gums, tongue and cheeks. The smell of smokers breath is enough to put a close friend off, and it gets worse as you continue to smoke for years. People who smoke for a significant portion of their lives may experience extra stinky breath that is very difficult to get rid of unless you upkeep good dental hygiene or quit smoking.
Cigarettes, pipes and cigars all lead to unhealthy mouths, which can ultimately only be stopped by quitting. However, if you aren’t in the place to quit or you have quit and the stench still lingers in your mouth, there are certain food and drinks that may help the situation.
Snacking on fruits high in citric acid like lemons, grapefruit and oranges help the mouth salivate, which cleans your mouth and naturally freshens your breath. Similarly, the high concentration of vitamin C in the fruits help battle the bacteria that causes bad breath.
Drinks that help
Cranberry juice boasts plenty of health benefits, including anti-bacterial properties that help get rid of the stench caused by smoking. Other drinks that help bad breath include unsweetened green tea, black tea, and peppermint or spearmint tea.
"When you're getting up close and personal, there's nothing so off putting as having to deal with something like bad breath,” researcher Simon Comins told The Med Guru. "Today everyone needs to perform to their best ability in a work setting so we'd advise to look after their dental hygiene - garlic breath at a job interview may make the difference between getting the job or not."
Comins was a part of a survey that found cigarettes topped a list of the 20 worst oral aromas. Garlic, pickled onions, fish, curry and coffee were below cigarettes on the list conducted by Superdrug, a health and beauty retail chain in the UK.
To clean the mouth of bacteria that leads to bad breath, using xylitol, saliva stimulating breath mints, toothpaste and mouthwash can get rid of the smell. Even if you have already quit smoking, it’s possible that tar and nicotine smells are still lingering on your breath. For future relationships and jobs, maintain a freshly cleaned mouth everyday to keep your chances high.