Should I quit smoking?

Stop smoking! You know that you are harming yourself and those around you. The challenge comes down to will power. Remind yourself of all the negative effects of smoking. It stains the teeth, damages the enamel, irritates your gums, teeth, tongue, throat, and can worsen the complications of diabetes. It can decrease your sensitivity to smells and tastes. It dramatically increases your risk of periodontal disease up to 10 times than if you didn't smoke. Smoking causes lung disease, or COPD. Smoking causes oral and lung cancer. There are many positive benefits of quitting. You'll decrease your risk for developing diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, or cancer (including oral cancer). Your doctor and dentist can give you medications, advice, and encouragement. Ask for help. Quit now.

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