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Smoking is the practice by which tobacco smoke is burned, and later inhaled or tasted. The most common route of administration for smoking today is what we all know as the cigarette.

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    Smoking is one of the most common forms of recreational drug use today….and has also been proven to be one of the leading causes of several systemic and life-threatening diseases. Some of the most common medical conditions associated with tobacco use include:

  • Heart attacks
  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Birth defects
  • Emphysema
  • Vascular stenosis
  • ADHD to a fetus during pregnancy

  • How does smoking affect your oral health?

    Quitting, or by simply reducing the amount you smoke now, can greatly reduce serious risks to your oral health, regardless of your smoking history. Chronic tobacco use may lead to dental problems. Here’s how:

  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer
  • Increased risk of developing gum disease (gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss)
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Tooth staining
  • Increased risk of bone loss in the jaw
  • Increased risk of white patches (leukoplakia) inside the mouth
  • Delayed healing from periodontal treatment, tooth extractions, or oral surgery
  • Increased risk of failure of dental implant procedures
  • Increase in plaque and tartar buildup on teeth
  • Increased risk of inflammation of the salivary glands on the palate (roof of the mouth)

  • Should cigarettes be substituted with smokeless tobacco?

    No. Smokeless tobacco may pose the same or elevated risk of the following:

  • Increased risk of oral cancer
  • Increased risk of throat and esophageal cancer
  • May make it more difficult to quit smoking because of the higher nicotine content
  • Gum irritation and recession
  • Increased risk of tooth decay (high sugar content)
  • Increased risk of tooth wear (contains abrasive particles)

  • As one of the leading causes of preventable death globally, smoking is a life-threatening activity requiring immediate attention from you and all those surrounding you. Aside from the obvious benefit for you and your family, The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has compiled a simple, yet very significant, list of why one should consider quitting.

    What are the top 10 reasons to quit smoking?

  • You will reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke
  • You will reduce your chances of getting lung cancer, emphysema, and other lung diseases
  • Your car, clothes, hair, breath, and home will smell better
  • You will climb stairs and walk without getting out of breath
  • You will have fewer wrinkles
  • You will be free of your morning cough
  • You will reduce the number of coughs, colds, and earaches your child will have
  • You will have more energy to pursue physical activities you enjoy
  • You will treat yourself to new books or music with the money you save from not buying cigarettes
  • You will have more control of your life

  • *quoted from The National, Lung, and Blood Institute

    How can you kick the smoking habit?

    According to the U.S. Public Health Service, studies show that the Five Keys listed below can help you quit, and stay smoke-free! Using all five is recommended for the best results:

  • Get ready
  • Get support and encouragement
  • Learn new skills and behaviors
  • Get medication and use it correctly
  • Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations

  • To stop using tobacco, please ask Dr. Rita how we can help ease your nicotine desires. Available are medications ( either over the counter or by prescription ), resources for smoking cessation classes and support groups, and herbal remedies such as hypnosis and acupuncture. After all, we all need all the support available to help kick our bad habits.