We all know that smoking is bad for our health, so it should not be surprise that cigarettes and chewing tobacco are also harmful to your oral health. Tobacco products can cause stained teeth, bad breath, a dulled sense of taste and smell, gum disease, difficulty healing after oral surgery or tooth extractions, and cancer of the mouth.
Quitting is the only way to mitigate these risks, but the addictive quality of nicotine, one of the many ingredients of cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, makes this difficult. At Sweet Tooth, we advocate creating a plan in conjunction with friends or a support network – someone to help you stick to the plan. Write down your reasons for quitting. Create a health plan that includes daily exercise to help motivate you and keep you busy. Using chewing gum as a replacement can also help.
Sweet Tooth Dentistry is committed to helping you in your battle with nicotine addiction, and to provide guidance regarding the medications available as well as referrals to other medical professionals who can assist with your goal of stopping the use of tobacco products.