Looking to kick your smoking habit in 2015? We are all well aware of the harmful effects smoking can cause such as cancer and heart disease, but have you ever considered how damaging tobacco is to your teeth? Dr. Brown and her staff want to help if you are struggling to find the motivation to quit smoking by offering insight on some oral health implications to consider:
- Smoking causes bad breath and stained teeth! Trying to impress someone special? Wow them with your fresh smoke-free breath and pearly white smile.
- Cigarettes and cigars can cause a dulled sense of taste. Imagine not being able to enjoy that cheeseburger or chocolate cake as much as you used to.
- Smoking can also impair the healing process after a dental procedure.
- Smokers have a higher rate of oral cancer and gum disease than non-smokers. Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of developing tobacco-related health complications.
We at Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry know that due to the highly addictive nature of nicotine smoking can be very difficult to quit. For this reason, it is incredibly important to have a plan and constantly remind yourself of your reasons for wanting to kick your smoking habit. Writing down your reasons and re-reading them every time you have a craving, exercising regularly, chewing gum, and reaching out to supportive friends and family can all be extremely beneficial in your journey to quit smoking.
Dr. Brown and her staff care deeply about their patients and is supportive of their concerns and dental needs and is willing to help in any way.
Don’t forget to schedule your regular check-ups for the new year! We offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family.