How to Stop Smoking to Save Your Smile

Smoking is known to cause a number of serious illnesses, which can prove to be fatal especially if the smoking habit has been going on for a long period of time. Smoking and the use of tobacco products also have a negative effect on the appearance of one’s smiles – the teeth can become severely stained and unattractive (and can lead to the development of tooth decay); gums and the lips take on a darker colour. Bad breath is yet another dentistry problem that can be the result of smoking cigarettes or tobacco products.

Quitting a smoking habit may be very challenging to do; those who want to stop this habit for health and aesthetic purposes will need all the help they can to completely kick the habit. Listed below are some tips that can help in the quest to stop a smoking habit, so that more improved health – and brighter smiles – can be enjoyed for a longer period of time.

Make a list of the reasons why you want to quit smoking. These reasons can include the desire to improve your health, cosmetic dentistry goals, and being able to make others (family members, loved ones) happy about the lifestyle change. Looking at this list can constantly remind you of your goals, and can make the plan to stop smoking a more concrete one.
Decide on a date that you will stop smoking, and stick to that specified date. Setting a date can help you prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically for the challenge to come.
Once you have stopped smoking your last cigarette or tobacco product, do your best to keep yourself busy. Idle minds – and hands – may lead you to crave smoking once more. Take up a new hobby that will keep you physically and mentally busy so your mind and body will be occupied by other things, so you can avoid thinking about puffing on another cigarette again.
Keep your mouth busy or occupied by sucking on mints or candies (sugar-free ones will work best, especially if you want to be careful about your sugar intake). Chewing on gum can also work in keeping your mouth occupied so you can avoid the urge to smoke a cigarette.
Involve your friends, family, and other loved ones in your quest to stop smoking. Their support and concern will be instrumental in your goal to stop smoking, and they can also provide you with constant reminders and feedback on how you are doing with your quitting plan.
NHS (National Health Service) Quit Kit
The NHS Quit Kit is a box full of practical advice and tools, which were developed with by a team of experts, smokers, and those who used to be smokers – successfully helping thousands of smokers to quit the smoking habit. The Quick Kit can help in smokers in their plans and preparations to quit smoking; it also includes tips on increasing the willpower to stop smoking, determining the reasons for quitting, and recognising the triggers that make one crave for the tobacco rush.