Kicking the habit
So you’re convinced that it’s time to kick the habit, but you just can’t quit? The key message is to keep trying. “It usually takes a few times before you’re successful,” says Bertone, adding: “There are a lot of resources.” These include products such as the nicotine patch, medication to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and health agencies that can provide support. Your dental health care provider may also be able to provide you with more information. “If you’ve just had your dental cleaning it’s a great time to quit, because your mouth feels fresh and clean,” says Bertone.