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J Int Soc Prev Community Dent. 2013 Jan;3(1):12-8. doi: 10.4103/2231-0762.115708.

Tobacco: Its historical, cultural, oral, and periodontal health association.

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1
Registrar, Rotherham General Hospital, Rotherham S60 3 , South Yorkshire, UK.
2
Professor and Head Department of Periodontics, Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Abstract

This article provides information on the origin of tobacco and its subsequent spread throughout the world. In the era of the migration of communities, tobacco use gradually gained access and subsequently migrated along with the migrants, establishing in different locations. Probably at that time people were unaware of the health hazards and were using tobacco in treating certain ailments. Much has been known and written about tobacco in the context of oral and general health hazards but little has been explored and is known to many about where from and how this plant, which is now used in various forms, and speading widely. In what form, where, and how it had been served in religious rituals and considered for treatment or remedy of certain ailments in those days could not certainly be known. In the 21(st) century, people are considering hazardous tobacco as beneficial for their teeth, good for concentration of mind, and something which keeps them engaged. Even many professionals, though knowing the deleterious effects, are still using tobacco and gutkha in one or the other form. This article has been designed to revive the awareness for health hazards of tobacco and similar products. A pilot project questionnaire survey comprising this subject involving the educated mass has already been started and will be produced after analysis of data in part II of this paper.

KEYWORDS:

Bidee; gutkha; naswar; paan; shisha; tobacco

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