A nicer smile, fresher breath and a healthier mouth
A portion of snuff under the lip is a toxic, foreign object in your mouth that naturally affects your oral health. Those who use snuff for a long time may notice:
- Their gums recede
- Exposed tooth necks
This makes it easier for bacteria to collect in the space between the teeth and the gums, which in turn, increases the risk of:
- Gum inflammation
- Tooth loss
Also keep in mind that tobacco products discolour the teeth. A heavy snuff user’s teeth are often yellow or greyish in colour.
If you quit using snuff, then you also have one more advantage besides those associated with health: You will get back a whiter and more natural smile. It is more aesthetically pleasing but it can also give you back your self-confidence. Many who have discoloured teeth feel uncertain about smiling and don’t want to show their teeth to others. Being able to get back a smile can do wonders for a person’s self-confidence.
If you use snuff your breath is often unpleasant. This is because the snuff irritates the mucous membranes on the inside of the lip. The mucous membranes become hardened and ridges, which in turn allows bacteria to more easily collect there. The bacteria causes your breath to become significantly worse, which may be problematic to your surroundings. If you stop using snuff your mucous membranes will recover after a while, you will have a better bacteria balance in your mouth and your breath will become fresh again.
Save money – benefits of quitting snuff
Tobacco dependency is not just harmful to your health. It also affects your personal finances. Getting an overview of your actual costs for snuff can be an eye opener. Quite soon you will see that you are spending quite a lot of money on snuff during the course of one year. And for what, actually? Think about all of the other fun, healthy and inspirational things you could do with that money!
If you use one can of snuff per day, then the cost is (approximately):
- SEK 40 per day
- SEK 1,200 per month
- SEK 14,400 per year
What can you spend SEK 14,000 on? Of course there are plenty of good things that can also serve as motivation, some include:
- lso serve as motivation, some include:
- Good food
Or something else you have wanted to do for a long time but haven’t felt you can afford!
Quit snus – abstinence day by day
There is physical abstinence and mental abstinence problems. Which is worst can vary from time to time and from person to person. However, both can be challenging.
- The first day
The first day and during the first days of quitting snuff the abstinence problems are often very troublesome. Nicotine cravings are at their top as you no longer receive the dose the body is used to. You likely feel the abstinence physically with dizziness, nausea, tiredness, etc.
- The third day
Here many people find that the nicotine craving is the worst. If you can hold out through this peak of abstinence problems then it will get easier in a few days.
- One month after quitting snuff
The body has actually gotten used to being without nicotine, but there can still be a craving for snuff from time to time, although at longer intervals.
The more time that passes, the easier it will feel and a life without tobacco becomes the new normal.
Triggers and special situations
For many who have had a long-term snuff addition it is about much more than the nicotine dose in the portion of snuff that contributes to the dependency. There are many mental aspects that weigh into a dependency. This may include special situations, occasions and daily rituals that you associate with snuff, which actually have nothing to do with the physical nicotine craving.
Perhaps it is snuff with your morning coffee? A portion of snuff after lunch? Snuff to get through certain elements of your job? Most who use snuff have their “must have portion of snuff” things. Even though you have gotten rid of the physical nicotine craving then it can still be triggered by these situations.
Try to avoid places and habits that you associate with snuff as much as you can, or try replacing the snuff with something healthy. Eat a piece of fruit instead of a portion of snuff or why not try nicotine-free snuff. Another good habit is taking a walk instead of taking a portion of snuff after a meal. What is good with habits is that it is actually possible to create new and healthier habits!
2. Anxiety and depression
The nicotine in the snuff stimulates the brain and releases reward hormones, such as dopamine. This is why you can often experience a strong craving for snuff. When the kick is no longer there you can experience feelings of depression and, in some cases, anxiety can occur. Fortunately there are plenty of things you can do to elevate your mood:
- Exercise, physical exercise is a well-documented method for boosting feeling of happiness
- A balanced diet with plenty of fatty fish, vegetables and pulses. Substances in healthy food promote both physical and emotional health
- Spend time with loved ones. Spending time with and being around people you like releases feel good hormones
Even though it is rare, snuff users can become depressed when they quit. This often occurs solely in the transition period, but if the depression becomes long-term and deep, then seek help. Depression can be serious and you have everything to gain from treating it as quickly as possible.
Dizziness is a common side effect when quitting snuff. This depends on the blood flow in the vessel increasing when you no longer supply the body with nicotine, at the same time as the blood pressure and pulse drop. Feeling dizzy can be very uncomfortable but it is manageable:
- Take deep breaths and sit down on a chair until the dizziness subsides
- Drink water
- Continuous exercise