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Smoking not only harms your entire body, but it also harms your teeth, gums, and entire oral cavity. If you are a smoker and you would like some tips on how to quit the habit, we are happy to help you!

Smoking is a dangerous habit that can cause many problems, including gum disease and oral cancer, and we are happy to hear that you’re considering quitting! To help you do so, we recommend following these five quitting tips:

No. 1: Have a plan
Choose a date to finally quit smoking. Then, develop a plan that will help you each and every day. There are free tools online at smokefree.gov or you can call the toll-free number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW for advice and suggestions. You can also search and download an app that will help you track your progress.

No. 2: Don’t do it alone
It’s easier to quit smoking when you have the support from others. So, when you pick a quitting date, tell your family and friends and ask for their support. Make sure you tell them specifically what they can do to help. Also, try to spend time with people who want you to succeed and people who do not smoke. This will help you resist temptation. It is also recommended that you talk to any of your friends who have quit smoking. They can give you the advice you need.

No. 3: Stay busy
Now that you’re quitting one habit, it’s best to pick up another habit that will keep you busy, like exercising. Also try to make dinner and movie dates with your friends to keep your mind off tobacco. We also recommend chewing sugarless gum throughout the day so your mouth stays busy and you also prevent cavities.

No. 4: Avoid smoking triggers
It’s best that you stay away from people, places, and things that tempt you to smoke. Some things that could make you want to smoke include stress, alcohol, coffee, and spending time with people who use tobacco products. Make sure you throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays and only go to places that do not allow smoking.

No. 5: Reward your accomplishments
Each non-smoking hour that passes is an accomplishment. So, as time passes by, reward yourself with small successes. With all of the money you are saving on cigarettes, you can reward yourself with a pamper day or ball game!

Now, remember that these are just tips that can help you along your journey, and it’s best that you consult with a professional about quitting the habit. Dr. Cha and Dr. Dinh are happy to help you in any way they can! So, call our office today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!