We all know that smoking is bad for us and for those around us. However, kicking the habit can be incredibly difficult. If you’re ready to stop smoking—if you’re tired of the smell on your clothes, the bad taste in your mouth and the impact on your wallet—read along with us while we talk about some of the benefits you can look forward to after you’ve succeeded.
Smoking increases your risk of several types of diseases including oral cancer. Research has shown that after having quit for a year, your risk of heart attacks decreases by half. Quit for five years and your risk of a stroke will be equal to that of a life-long non-smoker. After 10 years, your risk of lung cancer will become equal that of a non-smoker.
You’ll also experience easier tooth cleanings, as your tooth enamel won’t have nicotine stains or the increased buildup of plaque that smoking causes. Your risk of gum disease likewise goes down. If you need restorative care like oral surgery, an extraction or periodontal treatment, you can experience a much faster healing period.
Convinced? Ask Livonia Family Dental for more information on the benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle. We can also offer advice on quitting, including tips and support. You can do it!