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Oral Oncol. 1997 Mar;33(2):100-4.

Attitude towards smoking and oral cancer prevention among northern Italian dentists.

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Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology, Clinica Odontostomatologica, ISB-Ospedale S. Paolo, Milano, Italy.


The aim of the study was to evaluate the smoking habits of Northern Italian dental practitioners and their basic skills in the prevention of oral cancer. 217 of the 250 dental practitioners (86.8%) contacted by telephone from September to December 1994, answered a simple questionnaire. One third of the sample interviewed was formed by current smokers; nevertheless 60.8% of them always advise their patients to give up smoking. Only a relatively small percentage of the questioned dental practitioners (10.6%) do not examine the oral mucosa of the patients on a regular basis and 40% of responders had made a clinical diagnosis of oral cancer in the past. The lack of a specific dental education was associated with less scrupulous examination of the oral soft tissues and minor experience of cancer diagnosis. Despite their smoking habit, Northern Italian dental practitioners self-reported encouraging behaviour towards primary and secondary oral cancer prevention.

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