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The American Dental Association and dentists across the country have long encouraged patients to stop smoking. The reasons why are many:

  • stained teeth and tongue
  • dulled sense of taste and smell 
  • slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery 
  • difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems 
  • gum disease 
  • oral cancer.

But today, Nov. 15, it's a much bigger deal. This is the day that the American Cancer Society celebrates the Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking today. 

By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life.

Need another reason to encourage your patients to quit? Share with them this Confession of an Ex-Smoker, originally published by the Northbrook-based American College of Chest Physicians



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