Smoking can lead to a wide range of oral health problems, including tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer.
If you are considering making this year the year you quit for good, the team at Valley Dental Practice have 6 top tips to help you quit.
1. Focus on your reason
To help keep you on track no matter how hard things get, consider your reasons for quitting. It may be to protect your family from second-hand smoke, reduce your chances of developing lung cancer, save money or to improve your appearance and health. Make sure that whatever the reason, it is strong enough to outweigh the urge to light up.
2. Put support in place
Smoking is an addiction and like any addiction you are going to need support to help you quit. The brain is hooked on nicotine, so without it you will go into withdrawal. Your doctor will be able to advise you on stop smoking groups, medication, counselling, hypnosis and apps. This will ensure that you are ready for the day you chose to quit.
3. Consider Nicotine Replacement Therapy
When you stop smoking nicotine withdrawal may give you headaches, affect your mood and drain your energy. Nicotine Replacement therapy can help to take the edge of your cravings. Studies have shown that nicotine gum, lozenges and patches can help to dramatically increase your chance of succeeding.
4. Clean, Clean, Clean
Once you decide to quit get rid of all your cigarettes, lighters and ash trays. Also try to remove anything that smells of smoke. This may mean washing clothes that smell of smoke, cleaning carpets and upholstery and cleaning the car. If you can get rid of the familiar smell of smoke and anything that reminds you of smoking, it can make it much easier to quit.
5. Don’t Diet
You need to tackle one issue at a time, trying to cut the cigarettes and calories is a recipe for failure. If you are worried about your food intake focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
6. Choose your reward
With all the money you are saving from not buying cigarettes, why not reward yourself by spending some of it on something special.
If you have any questions or would like more information on quitting smoking call Valley Dental Practice today on 01255 220322 to book an appointment with our team, who will be able to advise you on sources of assistance to help you quit.