Great dental tips from Miami Dentist, Dr. Carroll.
Not another New Year’s resolution! Guess what? Now is the right time to take the plunge and kick old bad habits, especially when the payoff is great – a healthy smile. You already know smoking is bad for your health, so it should be no surprise that cigarettes and chewing tobacco are also harmful to your teeth. Bad breath is only the beginning. There are many other dental reasons to quit smoking, including:
- stained teeth and tongue
- dulled sense of taste and smell
- slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery
- difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
- gum disease
- oral cancer
Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems. The addictive quality of nicotine, which is found in cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, can make this especially difficult. That’s why it’s important to have a plan and a support network, people to help you stick to your plan. Write down your reasons for quitting. Studies show that writing your goals down multiplies your chances for reaching them. Make quitting smoking one of your goals. Find healthy substitutes. Exercising, chewing gum and keeping yourself occupied can help you quit.
In January 2014, the U.S. marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health by expanding the list of illnesses associated with smoking. More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most of those deaths were of adults who smoked, but 2.5 million were of nonsmokers who died because they breathed secondhand smoke—air that was polluted by other people’s cigarette smoke.
Looking for more inspiration to quit? Think of your family and the negative impact that secondhand smoke can have on them. Look no further that your mirror, if you want a healthy, beautiful smile then quitting is a must!
Call our office today to make an appointment so you can find out what the best options are for your specific case.
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North Miami Beach, Florida 33160