We are all aware of the harmful effects of smoking on our bodies, but did you realize how damaging tobacco can be on your teeth? As if the threat of cancer and heart disease wasn’t enough to make you finally kick the habit, consider how it affects your teeth and gums over time. Yes, it is true that we at Dr. Nottingham’s dental 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:
- 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.
- 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. Nottingham knows that this is easier said than done due to the highly addictive nature of nicotine. For this reason, it is incredibly important to have a plan and constantly remind yourself of your reasons for wanting to kick 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.
Set goals and reward yourself: schedule a Zoom teeth whitening treatment after a certain number of smoke free days/months. Your new, white smile may be the inspiration you need to keep going!
Dr. Nottingham 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! We offer complete cosmetic and general dentistry services for all of your oral health concerns.
Contact us to schedule your consultation and see what we can do to restore your natural smile!