Smoking Related Problems
Smoking-Related Oral Conditions
- Oral cancer
- Periodontal (gum) disease- a leading cause of tooth loss and of sensitivity to hot and cold
- Bad Breath
- Stained teeth and tongue
- Diminished sense of taste and smell
- Delayed healing following a tooth extraction or other oral surgery
- Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
- Build-up of tartar on the teeth
- Fewer options for some kinds of dental care (smokers can be poor candidates for particular treatments, such as implants)
A Dozen Ways To Stop Smoking
- Develop a list of your own personal reasons for quitting.
- Set a date to quit in the near future and stick to it.
- Join a smoking cessation program for support.
- Enlist the support of your dentist, physician, family, friends and co-workers.
- Exercise. It may make you feel better about yourself and your decision to quit smoking.
- Keep your mouth occupied! Sugarless gum may fend off an urge to smoke.
- Choose a “low stress” time to quit, perhaps during a vacation.
- Don’t carry matches or tobacco.
- Quit the smoking habit all at once-cold turkey.
- Try all available resources including audio and video tapes, books, pamphlets, tip sheets and other self help materials to successfully quit smoking.
- Ask dentist or physician about prescribing a pharmaceutical aid, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for use in smoking cessation programs.
- Don’t let setbacks discourage you. Keep trying!
Make a Commitment to Stop Smoking and Stick with it.
Get help from loved ones, friends and co-workers when going through the quitting process. And don’t be lured back. Tobacco industry advertising and promotions encourage ex-users to relapse. Don’t buy a pack of cigarettes because you slipped up and had one or two.
Remind yourself the great benefits of quitting:
- You’ll reduce the risk of oral, lung and other cancers.
- You’ll taste and enjoy food-again
- You’ll feel more relaxed without nicotine.
- You won’t be plagued by “smoker’s breath.”
- Your family and friends will thank you.
- You can do it. Your dentist will advise you. Good luck!