Cigarette smoking has been identified as the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Lung cancer, stroke, and heart attack are the most commonly discussed side effects associated with smoking, but cigarette smoking takes a tremendous toll on your oral health. Bad breath, tooth discoloration, increased tooth and bone loss, increased risk of periodontal disease, lower success rate of dental implants, and delayed healing processes are oral health consequences we see in patients who smoke.
Why does a Dentist offer Smoking Cessation?
Smoking can interfere with the success of dental procedures you have done in our office as well as limit the options we are able to provide you.
Smoking impairs wound and implant healing, decreases surgical prognosis and is responsible for 75% of oral and pharyngeal cancers. To give you the greatest possible results, it is in our best interest to assist you in smoking cessation.
How We Help You Quit
For patients who are willing and ready to quit, we offer counseling, resources and/or pharmacotherapy including Nicotrol Inhalers and Chantix Tablets. We arrange follow-up meetings and support throughout the quitting process.
Don’t Look Back!
Studies have shown nicotine to be more addictive than heroin, so its safe to say quitting will be one of the most difficult times in your life, but is well worth it! The good news is no matter how many times someone’s tried to quit before, this time could be different.