We think it’s time for an important conversation. It’s well known that smoking and chewing tobacco is detrimental to both your oral health and overall health. Many people know that it especially increases the risk for oral cancer and lung cancer.
But do you know the other ways in which tobacco products affect your mouth?
If that’s not reason enough to quit, let’s take a look at a few more facts:
Quit. It’s a simple, little word that requires some not so simple or little actions. When quitting, it helps if you have a plan, and a support system that will help you stick to it.
Cravings only last 1-2 minutes, and get shorter in duration and less frequent the longer you go without smoking. Try this tip: When you get a craving, find something to do for 1-2 minutes. This could be a simple task like folding clothes or opening emails, or a longer activity like mowing the lawn or going for a walk. Designate your “go-to” activity, and stick to your plan. You will find that it gets easier with time. You can do it!
If you smoke or chew tobacco, talk to Dr. Leonard or your physician to learn if there are medications available to you to help you quit. Schedule an appointment at 952-443-3368.