Quitting smoking is one of the hardest resolutions to keep so if you are one of the 60% of people who resolved to ditch the cigarettes at the start of January but have started again don’t be put off trying again – look back at your experience and think how you can really stick to it this time – why not use national smoking day to try again.
Make a plan to quit
Make a promise, set a date and stick to it! Sticking to the “not a drag” rule can really help. Repeat the saying to yourself until the craving passes.
Identify when you crave cigarettes
A craving can last for 5 minutes. Before you give in to a craving make a list of 5-minute strategies you can use to take your mind off it.
Get some smoking support
Suggest to friends and family that you give up together and get help from local stop smoking services. You are 3 times more likely to quit successfully with expert help and advice.
Keep your hands and mouth busy
Nicotine replacement therapy can double your chance of success. As well as patches you can get tablets, gum or nasal sprays. If you like holding a cigarette there are also hand help products like an inhalator.
When you go out try putting your drink in the hand that usually holds your cigarette.
Make a list of reasons to quit
Keep reminding yourself why you have made the decision to give up and make a list of the reasons. Read it when you need support.
The list below are some of the side effects smoking has on your oral health. Hopefully, it will provide you with an extra bit of motivation to help you stay smoke-free:
- Tobacco causes staining to your teeth which eventually can become impossible to remove without dental intervention. This will have an impact on your appearance.
- Smoking can increase the risk of dry mouth which can increase the risk of dental decay and gum disease.
- Bad breath due to dry mouth and smoking odours.
- Smoking impairs the blood flow to your gums causing gum disease and bone loss. If left undetected and treated it can result in your teeth becoming loose and eventually lost.
- Research suggests that 60% of mouth and oropharyngeal cancer is caused by smoking. It is important to be aware of the risks of smoking and have regular visits to the dentist so that oral cancer checks can be performed.
- Smoking can affect the shape of your taste buds leading to dulling of taste and making food less palatable.
Smoking can be a tough habit to break but the positive impact on your dental and general health means it is well worth the effort to stop.
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