Each year, over 400,000 Americans die from cancer, heart disease, and numerous other diseases due to smoking. Smoking can cause significant disease in your mouth. In fact, smoking may be responsible for almost 75% of perdiodontal (gum) disease among adults. Smokers have a much greater risk of developing oral cancer than nonsmokers. Heavy smoking and alcohol use together put you at even greater risk of developing oral cancer.
Fortunately, there are many resources for smokers who wish to kick the habit. You can make daily adjustments to help stop smoking. Over-the-counter and prescription medications and nicotine replacement therapies are options that we can discuss. You may also benefit from a tobacco cessation counselor for everyday support, often available through free smoking cessation hotlines.
To get started now, here are a few tips you can do on your own:
- · Set a date to quit and stick to it. Choose a "low-stress" time to quit.
- · Enlist the support of your family, friends and co-workers
- · Remove tobacco and tobacco paraphernalia from your home, office and car.
- · Seek tobacco-free environments to curb our temptations.
Exercise. It may make you feel better about yourself and your decision to quit smoking.
When you crave a tobacco, remember the 4 D’s:
- · Delay – the craving will pass in 5 0 10 minutes;
- · Drink water – it will help wash toxins from your body;
- · Do something else – distract yourself by being active;
Deep Breathing - deep inhalations and exhalations are relaxing
Anticipate problems and have realistic plan to deal with challenges
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