There are many dental care habits to maintain good dental health such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and avoiding food and beverages high in sugar. Being smoke free is one of the best dental care habits you can do for better oral health and your overall health.

Smoking can contribute to serious health problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and emphysema. Smoking can also increase the risk of oral health problems such as gum disease, mouth and throat cancer, and make it difficult to treat. Whether you smoke, vape, or chew tobacco, breaking the nicotine habit can improve your health and quality of life, regardless of age. Click here to see a list of health benefits from quitting.

Along with better health, you’ll have fresher breath, whiter teeth, and food will taste better. Your sense of smell with return to normal and you will have better smelling hair and clothes. Take control of your health, crush the nicotine habit, and get help with quitting smoking today!

There are many ways to quit smoking, but certain resources can be extra helpful. Smoking cessation programs offer free mobile apps and text messaging, online resources, support, and counseling from professionals trained to treat tobacco dependence. Please use the resources listed below to help you, a family member or friend become smoke free for better health.

Free support and resources to help you become smoke free.

  • 1-866-NEW-LUNG (1-866-639-5864). Orange County’s own quit line offers free quit smoking and vaping telephone counseling and Zoom sessions from your own home. Adults 18 years and older can be mailed a free supply of nicotine patches after signing up for a one-hour session.
  • Quit smoking podcast. Not ready to call yet? Try a quit smoking podcast. Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Farsi.
  • Free downloadable eBooks. Quit Smoking eBook and Quit Vaping eBook.
  • Smokefree.gov. Learn about the different tools, such as texting programs and apps to help you quit and how to use them. Find a variety of helpful information, articles, and additional resources.
  • Speak to your dentist or your doctor for resources to help you quit smoking.
  • How to Support a Quitter. Tips that can help you support the person in your life who is quitting smoking from smokefree.gov.
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