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.