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. 2016 Jun;71(1):52-64.
doi: 10.1111/prd.12120.

The Tobacco-Using Periodontal Patient: Role of the Dental Practitioner in Tobacco Cessation and Periodontal Disease Management

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The Tobacco-Using Periodontal Patient: Role of the Dental Practitioner in Tobacco Cessation and Periodontal Disease Management

Benjamin W Chaffee et al. Periodontol 2000. .
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Abstract

Although the prevalence of tobacco use has declined in some parts of the world, tobacco use remains a persistent and, in some cases, growing problem that will continue to be a fundamental challenge facing dental practitioners in the decades ahead. Dental practitioners have a unique opportunity and professional obligation to be a positive influence in reducing the economic and social burden inflicted by tobacco use on dental and general health. In this article, the current noninvasive, evidence-based approaches are presented for dental practitioners to help patients avoid initiating tobacco use, to encourage and assist patients in ceasing tobacco use and to address tobacco-induced damage to periodontal supporting tissues.

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The authors report that they have no conflicts of interest related to this publication.

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