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How to Quit Smoking

Smoking is destructive, both to your oral health and your overall health. It weakens lung tissue, causes cancer, and can destroy your gums and teeth. Do you smoke? If so, you probably know that smoking is bad for you and have felt its effects on your body. But maybe you don’t know how to stop. To assist our patients that have a smoking habit, Desert Dental Group has created a guide that is designed to help you quit.

When your body inhales nicotine, your brain experiences a release of various hormone chemicals that create a sense of relief and pleasure. At first, that sounds like a good thing, but shortly after smoking, the hormones drop to a lower level than before. In order to reach a stable level, your body needs another smoke. That’s why you crave it. But it is possible to fight this desire, and we know you can. So, how do you do it?

1. Remove smoking reminders. Objects such as cigarettes, pipes, ashtrays, matches, and lighters can create cravings.

2. Find good and healthy habits to replace your old ones. Chew sugar-free gum and eat nutritious snacks–celery, carrots, and sunflower seeds. When the craving comes, choose something that you will do. This can be work, service, music, sports, or other activities. It helps to choose activities that you are passionate about so your brain receives satisfaction.

3. Did you know that the best antidote to addiction is connection? As you forge better relationships, those hormones in your brain that were once released are instead released through connection, in a much more natural and healthy way. Start by telling the people in your social circle that you are quitting. You can find help in your family, coworkers, friends, community leaders, or elsewhere. Groups like Nicotine Anonymous will offer you a support system.

4. List the details of why you are quitting. Whether for your health, financial reasons, or for your family, it is important to keep this in mind for times when you are tempted to give into your cravings.

5. Choose one dependable person to go to for immediate help. You can use a friend, family member, or you can call our practice, Desert Dental Group at (520) 201-1717. You can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for council.

We believe in you. Make sure to make an appointment with our office in Tucson, Arizona, by calling (520) 201-1717. With determination, a plan and help from the people around you, we know you can break free.