Smoking has many harmful affects upon your health. Cigars, Cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco contain cancer causing toxins, increases risk of tooth loss, and causes bad breath and staining. Patients who are smokers and receiving dental treatment experience delayed wound healing post tooth extraction and gum surgery, and are extremely poor candidates for implants. Yet smoking still remains prevalent in our society today.
While we are constantly reminded of the destructive affects of smoking I’d like to address how to quit smoking.
Finally, one must anticipate and plan for tobacco cravings by enlisting the 4D’s:
Delay - cravings will pass in 5-10 minutes,
Drink water - to help wash toxins from the body,
Deep breathing to help relax.
Enlist the support of your dental health care provider by informing them of your decision to quit, meeting with him/her on your quit date, and ask for information which your dentist will be more than happy to provide.
Smokers can become successful quitters with the proper support from health care providers, family and friends. A successful plan helps to anticipate and tackle cravings. It will take some time to alleviate that dull, tense feeling you may be having and to feel like yourself again. Once you become a quitter you will feel more in charge of your life, more relaxed, and have greatly improved your health.