Smoking Cessation through Dental Setting in Brief

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The Role of the Dental Team

Dr. Abdulreza Maadi

Randomized, controlled trials the world over show dental teams using brief interventions can help patients stop smoking.  Clinical research shows that the oral health team can double, triple or quadruple patients smoking cessation rates by routinely using simple, brief interventions. In general health care setting can offer an especially attractive environment for engaging patients in tobacco cessation. The dental visit is on average substantially longer than a physician visit, thus offering potentially greater opportunity for intervention. Dentists can easily recognize oral signs of tobacco use, inform patients, advise them to quit and refer them to the available smoking cessation centers. The role of dentists become of greater significance knowing that the use of tobacco products can lead to serious adverse oral health, as well as general health consequences. Tobacco use is one of the most significant causative/contributing factors for both oral cancers and periodontal diseases. Oral disease treatment results are also not as successful with tobacco-using patients.

Smoking cessation interventions in the dental setting seek to help the dental team recognize the key role it plays in informing and helping patients to quit. Well-versed dentists can inform their patients of the negative effects of smoking on their oral health and motivate them to seek quit services. In a successful intervention, the dentists would be able to refer their patients to the smoking cessation services where they can be helped with quitting through evidence-based efficient techniques. Thus in brief, the objectives can be defined as:

- Motivating the patient to quit

- Referring the patient to a smoking cessation center