Indian Journal of Dental Research

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 457-

Smartphone application in tobacco cessation services


SM Balaji 
 Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Director and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
S M Balaji
Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Director and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India




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Balaji S M. Smartphone application in tobacco cessation services.Indian J Dent Res 2016;27:457-457


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Balaji S M. Smartphone application in tobacco cessation services. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Feb 24 ];27:457-457
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The last editorial on tobacco cessation services offered by dentists was well received. [1] The tobacco cessation efforts have been promoted among dentists by several dental bodies. From its part, the Dental Council of India has laid specific inputs and curriculum to step up tobacco cessation services by dentists. The Ministry of Health as well as the WHO has drawn "Manual for Tobacco Cessation by Dental Professionals" as early as 2007 and later in 2012. [2] They are in the process of revising it again. The Indian Dental Association has begun its project - Tobacco Intervention Initiative in line with the same goal of enabling dentists to offer tobacco cessation services.

The need of the hour is the regular update on these courses. Tobacco cessation programs are often dynamic as more inputs from psychological and psychiatrical, physiological, toxicological, and pharmotherapeutical spheres emerge on a daily basis. Charting out a program including all newer knowledge becomes essential. The tobacco cessation programs need to imbibe the knowledge to offer better services.

Use of technological advances such as mobile apps and smartphone-enabled services can be an excellent tool to reach tobacco users by dentists. More work in this direction would be a welcome change.

References

1Balaji SM. Need for more participation in tobacco cessation. Indian J Dent Res 2016;27:343.
2Available from: http://www.vlc.nimhans.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/GP_Dentist_who_murthyTobacco_Free_Initiative_manual-dd.pdf. [Last accessed on 2016 Oct 11].