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9 Steps You Can Do Today to Quit Smoking

We all know that smoking is hazardous to our health, but most of us don't know that it actually causes major damages to our mouth, teeth and gums, and most important oral cancer or cancer of the mouth. There are various oral conditions that can be caused by smoking such as mouth sores, gum disease and tooth decay. We have 9 tips for you on how you can help yourself to quit smoking. Ask you dentist for help. Most dentists will help you in your decision to stop smoking.

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9 Steps You Can Do Today to Quit Smoking

  1. 1. 9 Tips You Can Do Todayto Stop SmokingBefore Quitting After Quitting
  2. 2. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comIt’s common knowledge• It is a common knowledge that smoking isdangerous to your health, most especiallyon your mouth, teeth and gums. And it isnot only oral cancer that you have to thinkof.The St James Dental Group
  3. 3. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comThe various oral conditions• There are various oral conditions that canbe caused by smoking such as mouth sores,gum disease and tooth decay. That is why itis imperative for you to quit smoking.The St James Dental Group
  4. 4. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comThere is always a way!• Yes, it is hard, at most times, impossible tojust quit smoking. But as this trite, but verymuch true, adage goes “If there is a willthere is always a way…” That is why theNational Institute of Dental and CraniofacialThe St James Dental Group
  5. 5. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comThe 9 things to help.• Research came up with 9 things that you cando to help you quit smoking today and they areas follows1. Prepare yourself to quit smoking. Develop amental attitude that says you are ready toquit, you are willing to do anything to quit andmost of all, you really, really, really want toquit.The St James Dental Group
  6. 6. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comConvince yourself 100%• The best way to convince yourself 100% of thisfact is to write the reasons why you want toquit. It can be due to health reasons, somehygiene reasons, protecting your loved ones orfor self control and self improvement, itdoesn’t matter what as long as this list will beable to motivate you to quitThe St James Dental Group
  7. 7. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comSet your quitting day date2. Set your quitting day date. Don’t rushyourself and make this day TODAY. It canbe tomorrow or next week or at most, nextmonth. Make this a big deal date,something you have to prepare for.The St James Dental GroupNicotine Gum
  8. 8. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comCut your nicotine intake• And while you are waiting for the arrival ofthis big day, cut your nicotine intake. If yousmoke 1 pack a day, aim to reduce it untilyou only smoke 1 cigarette a day.Remember – be sure not to stress yourself outfor this quitting dateThe St James Dental Group
  9. 9. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comDon’t be alone3. Don’t be alone on this. You will need tosurround yourself with people who supportyou on this decision. These people can beyour significant other, family and/or friends.The St James Dental Group
  10. 10. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comSome other person who wants to quit• And if you know someone who wants to quitsmoking, you can quit with him or her too. Yourdentist can also help you with this decision.The St James Dental GroupNicotine Patches
  11. 11. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comSubstitute is a good idea4. Substitute is a good idea. If you find yourselfcraving for a cigarette, you can substitute itfor something else, like candies or sunflowerseeds. Go and ask your dentist or doctorabout patches or nicotine gums to help easethe process of quitting smoking.The St James Dental Group
  12. 12. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comCall a friend• If you feel you want to smoke, call a friend, dosome exercise or deep breath and wait thecraving out. The objective is to distract yourmind from smokingThe St James Dental Group
  13. 13. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comDon’t substitute food• Make sure you don’t substitute food for acigarette. Try to avoid foods with sugar and fat,if you have to , then choose healthy options.The St James Dental Group
  14. 14. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comKnow yourself5. Know yourself. You have to identify whattriggers you to smoke. Find the patterns whenand how you smoke so you can preventyourself from doing it.The St James Dental Group
  15. 15. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comDevelop a reward system6. Develop a reward system for yourself. Whenyou have already stopped smoking, you canpat yourself on the shoulder and treatyourself for a job well done.The St James Dental Group
  16. 16. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comStay active7. Stay active and create a new habit orchange your daily routine. Exercise will dowonders for you.The St James Dental Group
  17. 17. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comTake notice and enjoy8. Take notice and enjoy the benefits youexperience from not smoking like the cleansmell of your clothes, the cleanliness andfreshness of your room, the freshness of yourbreath and of course, the extra cash you addup to your budget.The St James Dental Group
  18. 18. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comKeep proper oral hygiene9. And finally, you have to keep proper oralhygiene with brushing and flossing, and keepup with your regular dental visits with yourdentist.
  19. 19. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comSchedule an appointment• Schedule an appointment with your dentist toget your teeth cleaned professionally toremove all the stains that have built up fromsmoking.
  20. 20. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comYou will love the clean feeling• You will love the clean feeling you will have inyour mouth. If desired, you can even get ateeth whitening done to have that beautifulwhite smile that’s worth a million dollars!
  21. 21. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comWe will support you• If you are planning on quitting smoking,we will support you and we will evenhelp you with the reward! Just call us andlet us know that you are planning onquitting.
  22. 22. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comOral cancer screening test• We will be happy to give you a great dealon cleaning your teeth, as well as oralcancer screening test and even teethwhitening.
  23. 23. http://www.dentistcudahyca.comAsk a professional9 Tips You Can DoToday to Stop Smoking”Contact usThe St James Dental Group323-771-7254http://www.dentistcudahyca.comThank You!