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Have you decided to quit smoking? If so, congratulations! We are very excited for you. However, we do know that kicking the habit can be extremely difficult and tiresome, and we are here to help you. To help you have the best and most successful experience possible, we recommend using these five tips:

No. 1: Have a plan
It’s best that you have a plan when you decide to quit. Pick a day and stay committed to remaining smoke free every day following your designated “Quit” day. You can also receive additional help by visiting smokefree.gov and by calling the toll-free number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. You can also download an app to track your progress.

No. 2: Don’t do it alone
Make sure you have support from your family and friends. Let your loved ones know that you have decided to quit, ask for their support, and tell them exactly how they need to help you. We also recommend spending time with people who do not smoke as well as talking to your friends who have quit their smoking habits so you can ask for their tips and suggestions.

No. 3: Stay busy
It’s important to keep your mind off of tobacco products and smoking. So, why not do so by starting a new hobby, like exercising? This will help you stay fit and distracted. We also recommend going on dinner and movie dates with your friends and family. You can also keep your mouth busy and healthy by chewing sugarless gum throughout the day.

No. 4: Avoid smoking triggers
Smoking triggers can make quitting more difficult, so we strongly recommend staying away from them. Some triggers could be stress, alcohol, coffee, and hanging out with people who smoke. We also recommend throwing away cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters as well as only going to places that do not allow smoking.

No. 5: Reward your accomplishments
Each non-smoking hour that passes is an accomplishment. So, as time passes by, reward yourself with small successes. With all of the money you are saving on cigarettes, you can reward yourself with a pamper day or ball game!

These five tips will help you find success in your journey. Now, you may be wondering why your dental office cares so much about your smoking habits, and we are delighted to tell you! Tobacco use tends to increase your chances of developing gum disease and oral cancer, which are dangerous health conditions that can end in loose and lost teeth and even death. We want you to have the best oral health possible, which is why we are happy to help you in any way we can. You can also ask your dentist for advice if you need it. We look forward to helping you!