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J Can Dent Assoc. 2001 Mar;67(3):149-55.

Should the use of smoking cessation products be promoted by dental offices? An evidence-based report.

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Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada. brothwel@ms.umanitoba.ca

Abstract

To address the issue of whether dentists should promote the use of smoking cessation products, an evidence-based methodology was applied to find answers to 3 questions: Does tobacco use affect periodontal health? Are dentists effective cessation counsellors? Do smoking cessation products improve the effectiveness of cessation interventions? MEDLINE and manual searches uncovered relevant evidence to use in developing evidence-based recommendations. There is fair evidence that tobacco use is a major factor in the progression and treatment outcome of adult periodontitis and that quitting tobacco use is beneficial to periodontal health. There is good evidence to recommend that oral health professionals provide cessation counselling. There is good evidence to recommend the use of smoking cessation adjuncts. In view of the strong supporting evidence, dental offices should incorporate systematic smoking cessation services into routine patient care and should promote the use of proven cessation products by patients who are attempting to quit.

PMID:
11282035
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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