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Tobacco Intervention

Are you getting smoke signals?

So when a smoker says they'd like to quit, are you ready to help? Do you know how to go about it? Now, with the help of our new concise course, Tobacco Intervention in Dental Practice: Helping Your Patients Stop Tobacco Use, you can do it!

With this course you'll learn how to help your patients determine a quit date; when to follow them up; what to do when they relapse; what to say about weight gain; where to send them for additional support and self-help materials; and how to integrate brief counseling into the office visit (per the ADA procedure code for tobacco intervention).

Nicotine replacement therapy, most important for quitting success, is explained in detail, along with the available FDA-approved product choices: nicotine gum, inhaler, patch, lozenge, nasal spray, and Buproprion SR. Prescribing suggestions, side effects, and contraindications for each are all explained in this easy-to-read course.

Tobacco Intervention

How to know what to order? This course comes as a booklet with the course and test all in one so you are only paying to take the test.  If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the booklet/test then choose our PDF email option! Would you rather receive a hard copy in the mail? Then choose the book/test option. Email courses will take their test online while those that choose the hard copy can either mail their test back in the envelop we provide for grading OR take your test right online for immediate grading.

Tobacco Intervention

Tobacco Intervention
(book and test) Traditional Hardcopy

2 hours    $25.00

Tobacco Intervention
(PDF and test by email) Online Only

2 hours   $25.00

Last reviewed: January 1, 2018
Expires: January 1, 2021

Tobacco Intervention

About the Authors

Wendy S. Hupp, DMD, is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Oral Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Hupp is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine.

Dr. Hupp earned her DMD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Her numerous presentations on clinical oral diagnosis, medicine, and pathology include those on oral cancer and tobacco cessation, aphthous ulcers, dental pharmacology, viral hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus, seizure disorders, and women's health.

Tobacco Intervention

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Important statistics related to tobacco use and its cessation.
  2. Procedures for setting up dental office tobacco intervention services.
  3. Methods of assessing patients' tobacco use and assisting them to stop tobacco use.
  4. Oral and other health conditions induced by tobacco use.
  5. Behaviors related to tobacco use and cessation.
  6. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms and products available for use during tobacco withdrawal.

Tobacco Intervention

Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    Tobacco Use Intervention in Dental Practice
    Successful Intervention
    Intervention Time Investment and Compensation
  • Chapter 2 First Steps
    The Office Staff
    Achieving the Tobacco-FreeOffice Environment
  • Chapter 3 The Five A's: Ask, Assess, Advise, Assist, and Arrange
    Ask Your Patients About Tobacco Use
    Assess Your Patients' Willingness to Quit
    Advise Your Patients to Stop Tobacco Use
    Assist Your Patients to Stop Using Tobacco
    Arrange Patient Follow-Up Services
  • Chapter 4 Follow-Through
    Follow Through With Your Patients
    Patients Who Stop
    Patients Who Have Relapsed
    Special Concerns of Patients Who Stop
    Follow Through With Your Profession
    Follow Through With Your Community
    Follow Through With Yourself
  • Appendices
    Tobacco Use Intervention Materials for Patients
    Magazines That Refuse Tobacco Advertising
    Tobacco Use Intervention Materials for the Oral Health Team
    Patient Tobacco Use Assessment Form
    Nicotine Gum Use
    Responses to Common Patient Questions and Concerns
    Tobacco Use Cessation Tips
  • Tables of Information
    Table 1. Personal Reasons for Stopping Tobacco Use
    Table 2. Common Causes of Relapse
    Table 3. First-Line Nicotine Replacement/Withdrawal Therapy
  • Boxes
    Box 1. Sample Office Tobacco-Free Policy
    Box 2. Sample Patient Quit Smoking Contract
    Box 3. Sample Follow-Up Call
    Box 4. Sample Follow-Up Letter
  • Selected References

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The nicotine in tobacco is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Tobacco use damages health and reduces quality of life. In the United States alone, tobacco is responsible for more than 430,000 deaths each year. Tobacco-related deaths represent needless disability and suffering. They produce personal tragedies and public liabilities and are an outrage to ethical, caring health professionals. Thus, effective tobacco use intervention services are among the most important health services that the oral health team can provide.

Tobacco Use Intervention in Dental Practice
There are excellent reasons why the oral health team should act against tobacco use in their practice and in community affairs.

Your patients need help. Tobacco causes oral diseases, including oral and pharyngeal cancer and other oral conditions. Its use increases dental treatment management risks and problems and slows wound healing Tobacco use has a negative impact on prognoses for periodontal disease treatment. Users of tobacco have significantly greater medical risks, compromised health, and more days of overt illness.

Dental intervention is effective. Oral health personnel usually have established a long-standing rapport with their patients, and dental practice abounds with one- and two-minute opportunities that can be used to provide practical bits of tobacco-related preventive and cessation information.

Oral health providers are also best positioned to identify tobacco-related periodontal disease and pre-cancerous lesions, which can be used to motivate tobacco users to quit. Given the regularity and length of visits to the dental office, clinicians have a unique opportunity to promote awareness of the avoidable risk factors of tobacco use.

Randomized, controlled trials have shown that oral health personnel can successfully help patients who smoke stop, that 70 percent of adult tobacco users want to stop, and that dental interventions may prevent young people from starting tobacco use. Last but by no means least, dental intervention saves lives.

Dental intervention enhances dental practice. When dental clinicians initiate tobacco cessation services in their practice, they demonstrate their concern about the total state of health and well-being of their patients. As well, the potential for receiving referrals to their practice is increased through a broader community network.

Oral health personnel are often regarded as highly effective participants in community action and health affairs. Through tobacco intervention efforts, they will develop an awareness of a significant medical problem and an area of social concern that has increasing importance at the community, national, and global levels.

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