You may be wondering why our dental office is encouraging you to quit your smoking habit. Well, you may not know this, but smoking not only destroys your lungs, but it also destroys your oral health, which is why we are here to help you kick this dangerous and unhealthy habit.
Smoking can cause many dental issues, including gum disease and oral cancer. So, to finally give your smile the best chance at survival, we recommend using the following five tips:
No. 1: Have a plan
The best way to quit smoking is to begin with a plan. Pick a day to finally stop. Then, use your plan, stay strong, and don’t give in. You can also receive free tools online at smokefree.gov or you can call this toll-free number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW for tips and advice. You can also download an app to track your progress.
No. 2: Don’t go through this alone
Make sure you have support from your family and friends. Let your loved ones know that you have decided to quit, ask for their support, and tell them exactly how they need to help you. We also recommend spending time with people who do not smoke as well as talking to your friends who have quit their smoking habits so you can ask for their tips and suggestions.
No. 3: Stay busy
Staying busy will help you keep your mind off of tobacco products and smoking. You can try exercising or spending more time with your friends and family. You can also keep your mouth busy by chewing sugarless gum throughout the day. Doing so will also help you prevent cavities.
No. 4: Avoid smoking triggers
You want to do everything you can to avoid smoking triggers, like stress, alcohol, coffee, and hanging out with people who smoke. We also recommend that you throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays, and you also go to places where smoking is not allowed. Doing these things will help you stay strong and diligent in your choice to quit smoking.
No. 5: Reward your accomplishments
Each hour that passes by is an accomplishment, so reward yourself for it! Kicking your smoking habit is a step-by-step process that requires strength, courage, and faith. As you continue on your journey, you deserve to be rewarded for your success.
If you have any questions or if you need additional help, we invite you to call our office today and schedule an appointment with our friendly dentist. We look forward to helping you!