If you’re truly passionate about your health, it’s time to stop smoking. Smoking and using tobacco products have a detrimental effect on your body. At Advanced Dental Associates, we have staff and resources to make the process easier for you.
Quit Smoking To Save Your Teeth
Smoking and using tobacco has a major impact on your teeth and your overall health. Some of the impacts of tobacco on your oral health include:
- Chronic, persistent bad breath
- Stained or discolored teeth and tongue
- Dulled sense of smell and taste
- A longer healing time after tooth extraction or other surgery
- A harder time fixing cosmetic dental problems
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
Quitting smoking is the only way to lower your risk of tobacco-related health problems. But because of the nicotine in cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and cigars, quitting can be especially hard. That’s exactly why it’s so important to come up with a plan and allow others to help you, to ensure you stick to your goal of giving up your tobacco habit.
If you’re already experiencing the effects of gum disease, when give up smoking and quit the habit, you’ll experience a significant improvement in your gum disease within one year of quitting compared to those who continued to smoke.
Smoking and tobacco use also has a major impact on your overall health. Regular smoking or tobacco use weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to health issues, including gum disease and infection. Without a doubt, oral cancer is one of the most serious possible consequences of smoking or using tobacco.
Quit Smoking Tips
Although difficult, it is entirely possible to quit smoking. Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks to help make quitting possible and the process easier.
Talk To Your Dentist
Our San Antonio, TX dental office is a great place to start. When you visit our office for a consultation and tell us you’re ready to quit smoking, we’ll share all the information and resources we have available.
Join A Support Group
One of the first suggestions we may make is that you join a support group or talk to a counselor. Being surrounded by supportive people can make the process easier for you while helping you avoid temptation. You’ll also have the support of people who understand what you’re going through, so they can better relate to your experience.
Give Yourself A Clean Start
It’s also a good idea to give your home and belongings a good cleaning, to get rid of the smell of tobacco. The smell could act as a trigger, making it harder for you to give it up. Plus, a clean and organized environment can make it easier for you to deal with withdrawal symptoms.
Pick Up A New Hobby Or Exercise
If you don’t already exercise regularly, try starting with some light to moderate exercise 2-3 times a week. You may be surprised by how much of a difference it can make for your stress levels and for coping with withdrawal symptoms. Plus, you’ll be too distracted to think about wanting to smoke!
Find Something Healthy To Snack On
When you first quit smoking, you may experience an increase in your appetite. To avoid gaining weight or snacking on foods that aren’t good for you, try planning ahead. Shop for fresh, all-natural foods that you can grab quickly whenever hunger or a craving strikes. Fresh fruit, yogurt, and nuts make for great snacks.
Get The Help You Need To Quit Smoking Today
If you’re ready to give up the habit once and for all, call Advanced Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment. We know your time is valuable, but so is the information we have to share with you about saving your teeth and your health by quitting smoking. We encourage you to be brave and make the decision today to quit smoking and take care of your health, especially your oral health.
Call Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX at (210) 819-5233. You can also contact us online to request an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and beginning the journey with you toward better health and a brighter smile.