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If you have decided to quit smoking, congratulations! We’re so excited for you! To help you succeed in your plans to quit the dangerous and unhealthy habit, we are happy to provide the following five tips:

No. 1: Have a plan
Choose a date to finally quit smoking. Then, develop a plan that will help you each and every day. There are free tools online at smokefree.gov or you can call the toll-free number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW for advice and suggestions. You can also search and download an app that will help you track your progress.

No. 2: Don’t do it alone
Make sure you have the support from your family and friends as you go on this smoke-free journey. Tell your loved ones that you have decided to quit and you need their help. Tell them exactly what you need them to do and give them any tips that will help you resist the smoking temptation. We also recommend spending time with people who do not smoke and also asking for advice from those you know who have quit smoking.

No. 3: Stay busy
Staying busy will help you keep your mind off of tobacco products and smoking. You can try exercising or spending more time with your friends and family. You can also keep your mouth busy by chewing sugarless gum throughout the day. Doing so will also help you prevent cavities.

No. 4: Avoid smoking triggers
Try to stay away from people, things, and places that tempt you to smoke. Some common triggers include stress, alcohol, hanging out with people who smoke, and coffee. To give you the best chance possible, we recommend throwing out your cigarettes, lighters, and ashtrays. We also suggest staying away from places that allow smoking.

No. 5: Reward your accomplishments
Every smoke-free hour that passes is an accomplishment, so make sure you reward yourself! This is a long, tough, and tiring journey, so make it worth it by giving yourself small rewards or big rewards at the end of a timeline!

Smoking can severely damage your mouth. It can increase your risks of developing gum disease and oral cancer, which are two health conditions that can result in loose and lost teeth as well as death. We want you to have the best oral health possible, and we encourage you to call our office today if you would like additional tips or if you would like to talk to your dentist. We look forward to helping you!