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Have you decided to quit smoking but you’re struggling a little bit? If so, we are here to help you! We want you to have the best oral health possible, and the only way to make that happen is by giving you the tips you need to succeed. The tips we are happy to provide include:

No. 1: Have a plan
It’s very important that you have a plan. Pick a date to quit your habit and stick to it. Following that date, do your best to avoid tobacco products and find other distractions. For help and suggestions, you can visit smokefree.gov or you can call the toll-free number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. You can also download an app to 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
If you stay busy, you won’t think about smoking as often. Make plans to go out to dinner or a movie with your non-smoking friends. You can also keep your mouth busy by chewing sugarless gum throughout the day.

No. 4: Avoid smoking triggers
You want to do everything you can to avoid smoking triggers, like stress, alcohol, coffee, and hanging out with people who smoke. We also recommend that you throw away your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays, and you also go to places where smoking is not allowed. Doing these things will help you stay strong and diligent in your choice to quit smoking.

No. 5: Reward your accomplishments
Make sure you reward yourself! Every smoke-free hour is an accomplishment, so you should give yourself small rewards throughout the day. You can also make a long-term goal and, with all of the money saved up from not buying cigarettes, you can finally have your big reward! Going minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years without smoking is a huge accomplishment, so make sure you give yourself the reward you deserve.

Now, you may be wondering why it’s so important to us that you quit smoking. Well, smoking can severely damage your smile and oral health. It can also increase your chances of developing gum disease and oral cancer. These two conditions are dangerous, unhealthy, and painful. We want to help you avoid these conditions as much as possible, so we encourage you to call our office and schedule an appointment with our dentist to discuss additional help. We look forward to helping you!