Life is full of stress and setbacks. If you're still a smoker, you'll be smoking every time they hit.
That's one of the toughest things to let go of when we quit smoking.
See, in those times the drug is king and the king is in control.
You're drawing in the deepest puffs when you're stressed. The physical addiction to nicotine is in control. I honestly believe the rest of the time, smoking is more about routine. Once you take nicotine out of your life, you can make new routines without it to unlearn smoking.
A new start
The dentist who I've been seeing for the past three years is no longer at the practice. She didn't come back when the practice reopened. We had a warm relationship and trust. She gave me all the angles before we proceeded with any work. She knew my wishes and budget. I make special cookies for Christmas and always take a few pounds each to my Dr. and Dentist offices.
So I'll miss her.
I met with a new dentist at the old practice. She was nice but said they could only do limited work for now. She referred me to another office in town. This was a week and a half ago.
I've had some major dental issues during the virus lock down. A rear molar with a gold crown with a post kept lifting when I would try to eat. This went on for a month before it finally came out. A lower front tooth where she had done a crown broke off at the gum line and then 3 days before I went to the referral, an upper bicuspid shattered and I had an abscess.
I called the new place at that point and a dentist prescribed penicillin I could take before they saw me.
They checked out the shattered bicuspid last week and had me back yesterday for a full exam.
There's not much there to work with but he said I have no bone loss.
What do we do when we don't smoke?
We move on without smoking.