We are all aware that smoking is detrimental to your health and has been proven to cause cancer and heart disease. But have you ever considered how damaging tobacco is to your oral health? We at Dr. Harper’s office are a bit biased, but if you are struggling to find the motivation to quit smoking, there are some oral health implications that we would like you to consider:
- An apparent one, but 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. Oh no!
- 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.
Dr. Harper knows that kicking the habit is easier said than done due to the highly addictive nature of nicotine. So it is incredibly important to have a plan and constantly remind yourself of your reasons for wanting to quit 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. Harper and his staff care about their patients and would like to remind everyone who is struggling to quit that our staff is 100% supportive of your commitment and would be happy to help you in any way possible!
Contact us today and schedule your check ups for the new year for the whole family!