Prepare to Quit from smokefree.gov

smokefreeQuitting is hard. But quitting can be a bit easier if you have a plan. When you think you’re ready to quit, here are a few simple steps you can take to put your plan into action.

Know Why You’re Quitting

Before you actually quit, it’s important to know why you’re doing it. Do you want to be healthier? Save money? Keep your family safe? If you’re not sure, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I dislike about smoking?
  • What do I miss out on when I smoke?
  • How is smoking affecting my health?
  • What will happen to me and my family if I keep smoking?
  • How will my life get better when I quit?

Still not sure? Learn about the different reasons people have for quitting smoking.

Learn How to Handle Your Triggers and Cravings

Triggers are specific persons, places, or activities that make you feel like smoking. Knowing your smoking triggers can help you learn to deal with them.
Cravings are short but intense urges to smoke. They usually only last a few minutes. Plan ahead and come up with a list of short activities you can do when you get a craving.

Find Ways to Handle Nicotine Withdrawal

During the first few weeks after you quit, you may feel uncomfortable and crave a cigarette. This is because of nicotine withdrawal. During withdrawal, your body is getting used to not having nicotine from cigarettes. For most people, the worst symptoms of withdrawal last a few days to a few weeks. During this time, you may:

  • Feel a little depressed
  • Be unable to sleep
  • Become cranky, frustrated, or mad
  • Feel anxious, nervous, or restless
  • Have trouble thinking clearly

You may be tempted to smoke to relieve these feelings. Just remember that they are temporary, no matter how powerful they feel at the time.

One of the best ways to deal with nicotine withdrawal is to try nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). NRT can reduce withdrawal symptoms. And NRT can double your chances of quitting smoking for good. NRT comes in several different forms, including gum, patch, nasal spray, inhaler, and lozenge. Many are available without a prescription.

A lot of research has been done on NRT. It has been shown to be safe and effective for almost all smokers who want to quit, including teens. But if you have a severe medical condition or are pregnant, talk to your doctor about using NRT.

If you plan to use NRT, remember to have it available on your quit day. Read the instructions on the NRT package and follow them carefully. NRT will give you the most benefit if you use it as recommended.

Explore Your
Quit Smoking Options

It is difficult to quit smoking on your own, but quitting “cold turkey” is not your only choice. In fact, choosing another option may improve your chances of success. Check out:

Find a quit method that might be right for you.

Tell Your Family and Friends You Plan to Quit

Quitting smoking is easier when the people in your life support you. Let them know you are planning to quit and explain how they can help. Here are a few tips:

  • Tell your family and friends your reasons for quitting.
  • Ask them to check in with you to see how things are going.
  • Ask them to help you think of smokefree activities you can do together (like going to the movies or a nice restaurant).
  • Ask a friend or family member who smokes to quit with you, or at least not smoke around you.
  • Ask your friends and family not to give you a cigarette—no matter what you say or do.
  • Alert your friends and family that you may be in a bad mood while quitting. Ask them to be patient and help you through it.

Support is one of the keys to successfully quitting. Find more ways to get support to help you quit.

Make a Quit Plan

Having a plan can make quitting easier. Create your personalized plan to help you stay focused, confident, and motivated to quit.

This information has been re-posted from smokefree.gov to raise people’s awareness about some really useful tools available for tabacco users. As a general dentist in Grove City, OH,  we are committed to helping you live a healthy life.  We take our role in your oral health very seriously and encourage you to Prepare to Quit!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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2016 Wear your Smile Proud!

Beauty shot of beautiful blonde woman smiling on the windThis year resolve to smile more!

A genuine smile is a priceless gift with endless positive potential. If you stop and take a look around, a lot of people are distracted by handheld devices moving automatically through a routine. It’s no wonder we feel disconnected; we miss hundreds of opportunities to smile daily. Certainly we all have the never ending to-do-list, but would it hurt to smile a little more even if you are the only one who takes notice?

If 2016 is your year to smile, we can help you smile proud. Been putting off smiling because you don’t like yours? At Smile Envy, we are smile experts. We know smiles bring people together. Call today at 614.801.0079.

At Smile Envy, located in Grove City, OH, we are experienced in caring for mouths of all ages. We are committed to making sure you and your family’s dental needs are being cared for properly. When you visit, we discuss what you want. We review all aspects of home care as well as discuss the frequency of consumption of sugary foods and drinks.  As a general dental office, we make suggestions that are easy and helpful for you and your family. We are an in-network dental care provider for several dental plans and can help you with your benefit questions.

As your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your family take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life! Contact us today at 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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Stocking stuffers: Dentist approved

christmas-stockingIf you need ideas for stocking stuffers this holiday season, why not add some personal care items with treats to show your family or that special someone you care.

There are lots of fun dentist approved gifts that are great for all ages and budget friendly. We suggest items like: sugar free gum, sugar free mints, flavored floss of the cinnamon/mint variety. Youngsters enjoy character toothbrushes and are available at most drug and grocery stores. These little items are great to have on hand all year round and especially wonderful when you are sharing sugary treats.

If you want to really get into it, try a personalized water bottle or travel cup. This is a great addition for everyone! Sipping on water throughout the day helps keep your mouth bathed in thin watery saliva.  Consuming more water is an important part of staying healthy. And of course a personalized gift is great fun all year round for your friends.

If you need more ideas, stop in the office we have whitening products ready to grab and goopalescence go as well as one of our favorites, the Sonicare electric toothbrush,sonicare easy clean boxand the Shower Flosser! Visit our SmileEnvy Facebook page (here) or give us a call at 614.801.0079 and we can help M-F. Our dental office is located at 2053 Stringtown Road in Grove City, Ohio. Happy gift giving!

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

 

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February is all about Children’s Dental Health

kidsEvery February, National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Defeat Monster Mouth”. For more information visit their interactive website at mouthhealthy.org.

At Smile Envy, located in Grove City, OH, we are making sure your child’s dental needs are being cared for properly. At your child’s dental visit, we take the time to review home care and answer any of your questions. As a general dental office, we are experienced in caring for mouths of all ages. Healthy  habits take practice and as your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your little one’s take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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