Quit Smoking to Improve Oral Health

If you are a smoker, it may be a good idea to consider quitting so you can improve your oral health as well as your overall health condition. There are many challenges when it comes to quitting smoking, but fortunately, there are an equal number of solutions. When it comes to your dental health, many of our patients are not aware that smoking can stain their teeth, exacerbate gum disease, and even prolong healing from dental procedures. Quitting smoking for good requires taking control of both the emotional and physical dependency caused by the nicotine in cigarettes. Nicotine is a drug that is equally as addictive as other narcotics. Emotional symptoms can appear when quitting such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Lack of concentration

Physical withdrawals include:

  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Cold sweats

Whether our patients decide to quit smoking or not, we encourage them to let Dr. Caceres and our team know so that we can help them maintain a proper dental hygiene program. Schedule a dental examination and an oral checkup, and ask for advice on steps to take better care of your oral health, as well help if you’d like to quit smoking for good.