There are many known reasons why people engage in smoking and drinking alcohol. Some people may blame it to peer pressure and socialization, while some people see it as an avenue to release stress and depression. Regardless of how many organizations and government institutions are expressing their resentment over these vices, the trend continues up to this day.
One of the reasons why medical experts are not recommending drinking alcohol or smoking is because of its negative impact on our health. Over the years, we have been bombarded with a lot of news and information about its harmful effect on our lungs. However, did you know that there are more negative impacts it brings? Particularly, in your oral health.
How and why you should quit?
There are different ways to quit these bad habits. For some smokers, doing cold turkey is effective while some choose a gradual process starting with using a nicotine vape prescription. For avid drinkers, an effective way is to do metaphorical drinks. This is a process where you will have a glass of water on your drinking glasses to perceive the impression of drinking alcohol. In that way, you can still hang out with your friends at a party without consuming any alcohol.
Quitting techniques may be different for each individual. Since we are all exposed to different influences and environments, there is no single formula when it comes to quitting. Some people often are looking for enough motivation to quit. However, the problem with drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes is that it can be addicting if you have been doing it for a long time. And, sadly, by the time that you have found “enough” motivation, it may be too late.
In general, there is no “right” time or moment to stop these bad habits. However, the longer you keep these vices, the more severe effects they can bring. It is ideal to quit as soon as you realize that it is affecting your health. The best way to start is by consulting a medical practitioner or expert to give you enough knowledge and support to live a healthier life.
Through the years, there have been a lot of global and national campaigns to encourage people to quit these bad habits. These campaigns aim to lower the number of people dying and experiencing illness due to alcohol and cigarettes. Unfortunately, the peer pressure and curiosity of individuals are louder compared to the call of institutions and organizations.
So, why should you quit? It’s simple. Every puff of smoke or every glass of alcohol is another minute deducted from your life. Every time you expose yourself to these bad habits, you are slowly taking away your life. It means lesser time with your friends, family, and loved ones.
The Damage: Cancer and Gum Diseases
Smoking and drinking alcohol weakens your immune system, it’s common knowledge. But since these habits have close contact with your mouth, teeth, and gums, your oral health has the highest risk to be affected. This goes without saying that your mouth, teeth, and gums have a higher chance to get diseases if you will continue with these practices.
Think of it this way: A person who doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol already develops oral diseases if they are not taking regularly going to the dentist or having sufficient oral hygiene. A person without these bad habits is already prone to simple toothaches or cavity build-ups. What more can happen if you are often exposed to alcohol and cigarettes?
But, how does it happen? Alcohol increases the quantity of acid in your mouth which can damage the enamel on your teeth and produce more cavities. A more pressing result can happen if you often smoke. Every stick of cigarette is made up of nicotine. It’s a naturally produced alkaloid that is normally used as a stimulant. This is why people who smoke find it hard to quit.
Additionally, did you know that you can also get mouth cancer by continuously doing these bad habits? Mouth cancer starts with ulcers that can cause severe pains in your mouth. This happens when you suddenly discover lumps in your mouth and neck that don’t go away or heal quickly. In some cases, you can also experience bleeding from your mouth and difficulty when swallowing. These are just some of the cases due to smoking in drinking.
Aside from that, there is also a high chance that your gums will catch diseases. This includes inflammation of your salivary gland, bleeding, or a simple bad breath.
It’s never too late
While it can be unfortunate that you will catch diseases and illnesses due to drinking alcohol and smoking, these damages can be rectified. It may be a challenging and long process, but it’s something that will only start once you decide to live a better life. No one says that celebrations, parties, and events without these things are not happy. In fact, you can have more exciting celebrations knowing that you are not spending hours ruining your body.
Start your journey to a healthier and longer life by quitting these bad habits. It may be easy for some but it may take time for others. Consult a medical professional today and live a long and happy life!