We hear a lot about lung cancer when it comes to smoking, but oral cancer is just as serious. In fact, because oral cancer is often diagnosed late in development, it is a particularly deadly cancer. Treatment itself, can be debilitating and disfiguring. That is why it is essential to maintain your regular oral exams with your dentist. Your dentist is your best chance for early detection, treatment, and survival because they receive training to recognize the appearance of early signs of oral cancer.
At this time of year, many people start thinking about quitting smoking as a New Year’s resolution. Quitting smoking now can dramatically improve your health and longevity. In addition to decreasing your risk of cancer, quitting smoking can improve your appearance by minimizing wrinkles and stains on your teeth. More options than ever are available to help you quit smoking. Some of the most popular ones are:
Cold turkey – This is when you quit smoking abruptly and without the assistance of medication or tapering off. While withdrawal symptoms are strongest at first with this method, it does have a number of benefits including low cost, and having nicotine out of your system faster.
Tapering – This is a method that involves gradually reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day until you eventually stop. Withdrawal symptoms may be less severe than cold turkey, but some will still occur.
Nicotine gum or the patch – This allows you to quit smoking, but still receive small amounts of nicotine to help with withdrawal symptoms. You can gradually taper the nicotine dosage and eliminate it over time.
Prescription medications –Your doctor can prescribe a variety of medications to assist with smoking cessation. The one that will work best for you depends upon your current medical health and smoking history.
If you would like to learn more about quitting smoking, contact our office. Dr. Bond can assist with options to help you quit for the last time.
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