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How To Get Rid Of The Cigarette Breath?

Cigarette contains a lot of ingredients which when burned release various chemicals, which can lead to health issues including cancer. Also, cigarette smoke leads to bad breath. People often look out for solutions to get rid of it.

6 Ways To Get Rid Of The Cigarette Breath

6 Ways To Get Rid Of The Cigarette Breath

Here are a few ways to remove the cigarette breath from mouth.

Brush Teeth Regularly

Cigarette contains tobacco which is a guaranteed source of bad breath and can lead to other oral health problems as well.

Maintaining oral hygiene is an easy way to tackle bad breath and this can be done by brushing teeth two times a day. The brush should be of the correct size so that it gets in all the places in the mouth.

You can also use mouth wash frequently and use a tongue scraper to clean the tongue. Flossing can be done to eliminate extra odors.

To remove the odor immediately after smoking, you can use mouthwashes. You can also keep travel-size mouth wash bottles if traveling.

There are specially formulated toothpastes for smokers which can help address stained teeth.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is good for overall health. It also plays a role in keeping up the oral health. It reduces the number of particles that stick in between the teeth and on gums and cause decay.

Along with a bad odor, cigarette smoking can lead to dry mouth which can add on the bad breath.

A dry mouth may lead to:

  • Constant sore throat
  • Trouble speaking
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • A sensation of burning in the back of the throat
  • Tooth decay


There are some foods which help combat bad breath. They may not be able to completely remove the cigarette breath but can lessen it.

Yogurt: It contains good bacteria that fight with the unwanted bacteria in the mouth and stomach and keeps the breath fresh. Make sure you use sugar-free yogurt.

Parsley: It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which help fight any other infection, causing bad breath in the mouth.

Herbs and spices: There are certain herbs and spices such as cloves, fennel, and anise which reduce the bad breath.

There are certain beverages such as coffee, sodas, alcohol, and highly acidic juices, which add to the bad breath making it even worse.

Also, foods such as onion, garlic, milk, and cheese should be avoided if you plan on smoking. They can worsen the breath even more.

Treat The Dental Disease, If Present

Gum disease if present cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. It can lead to the formation of pockets that can fill with odor-causing bacteria and enhance bad breath.
Visiting a dentist regularly can help identify the gum disease early and give the treatment accordingly.

A person suffering from gum disease may show the following symptoms:

  • Tender and bleeding gums
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain while chewing

If gum disease is present quitting smoking can help with the treatment.

Chew Sugarless Gums

If out in public and cannot brush teeth, chewing sugarless gum, help get rid of cigarette breath instantly. It encourages the mouth to produce saliva which removes the odor-causing food particles from the teeth.

Make sure you choose a sugarless gum as the bacteria in the mouth love sugar and use it to produce acid. Excess acid in the mouth can wear down and lead to bad breath and even erode the teeth.

Quit Smoking

Tobacco products including cigarette are known to cause poor breath, stained teeth and put you at the risk of certain diseases.

Those who smoke are at a higher risk of gum diseases (1), which further contributes to bad breath. Smoking also impairs the sense of smell, making you unaware of how your breath smells to others.

Quitting smoking can help improve breath and overall quality of life.

Fresh breath begins with a good oral hygiene. Maintaining the saliva in the mouth, staying hydrated and free from oral disease, help in combating bad breath.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 29, 2019

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