It still amazes us that even with all the health warnings issued with cigarettes that so many people still smoke. At Advanced Dental we will never tell our patients what to do or not to do, but we will advise them of the health risks concerned with smoking cigarettes so that they can make informed decisions for themselves. We hope that bringing awareness to the effects of smoking will help at least one person to quit.
It is difficult to say how hard it is to quit smoking for people who don’t smoke and aren’t addicted to the addiction forming substance found in tobacco products. Nicotine is the agent in cigarettes that causes the dependence on the product and obviously has very strong craving characteristics. However there are health risks that every smoker should be aware of including the risk they are putting themselves at for heart attack, stroke, cancer and oral cancer. Smoking is also bad for those around you and affects other areas of your life. These may include:
- Oral, throat, lung, bronchial, stomach, pancreas, kidney, cervix, and bladder cancer
- Gum disease
- Vascular disease
- Reproductive effects in women
- Hip fracture
- Tooth loss
- Bad breath
- Stained teeth
- A diminished sense of taste and smell
One out of four persons with oral cancer dies from the disease due to lack of proper diagnosis and treatment. Oral cancer may be prevented or at least caught early enough to minimize chances of death from occurring. Signs of oral cancer include a sore throat that will not heal, tenderness in the mouth or lips, development of a lump inside your mouth, difficulty swallowing or chewing, and changes in the way your teeth fit together.
To get quitting smoking there are a few things you can do. Ask your dentist or doctor about nicotine replacement therapy so that you can effectively quit for good. Avoiding areas where smokers congregate is also a good idea to keep you from the temptation of smoking. Take up exercise so that you feel better about yourself and your health. Also, practice the four D’s:
- Delay- delaying will help the cravings to pass
- Drink Water- water helps to wash toxins away from your body
- Do something else- find a distraction to keep your mind off your cravings
- Deep breathing- to relax yourself
If you want professional help or would like to schedule a consultation to examine the condition of your mouth please contact our office today. We will not place judgment on you nor will we criticize you for decisions..