As you probably already know, smoking cigarettes is one of the worst habits you can develop. Smoking cigarettes can negatively affect your overall and oral health. Strictly in regards to your oral health, smoking can cause discolored teeth, plaque and tartar build up, and can put you at greater risk of oral cancer.
At Royalton Family Dentistry, we want everyone in the North Royalton area to have the best oral and overall health possible. For this reason, Dr. Florian has outlined some common triggers of smoking and things you may want to eliminate in order to stop smoking.
The most common smoking trigger is related to stress. This means that keeping your stress levels under control could help you eliminate a desire to smoke. Some good ways to decrease your levels of stress include listening to relaxing music, doing some yoga, meditating, or receiving a massage.
Another common trigger is consuming alcohol. If this is the case for you, then we recommend staying away from alcohol. If you are going to be in a situation where you want to drink, make sure there are no cigarettes or other tobacco products available to you.
A third, and final trigger for smoking that Dr. Florian will discuss is the desire to smoke after you have a meal. There are many things you can choose to replace cigarettes, including chewing gum, mints, a snack, or maybe a sweet dessert. We recommend finding what will take the edge off of your smoking trigger and enjoy that instead.
If you are serious about quitting, visit smokefree.gov for even more resources.
Have you experienced tooth discoloration or other dental health problem as a result of smoking? If so, contact Dr. Florian today at 440-237-1700 for an appointment to discuss our teeth whitening services.