Indian Journal of Dental Research

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 343-

Need for more participation in tobacco cessatio


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

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




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Balaji S M. Need for more participation in tobacco cessatio.Indian J Dent Res 2016;27:343-343


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The use of tobacco is related to numerous general and oral health problems.[1] The role of dentists in tobacco cessation is gaining prominence.[2],[3] The global anti-tobacco community has started realizing the importance of dentists in tobacco cessation initiation, completion, and monitoring. The huge additional factor is that public visits their dentists, more often than their physicians. This model of dentists taking a pivotal role in anti-tobacco measures is a common occurrence in western nations.[2],[3]

In India, the utilization of the dentists to combat the menace of tobacco is not new.[4] The curriculum equips the dentist with sufficient knowledge to initiate the tailor-made tobacco cessation programs. The projected excess of dentists, in India, could be now utilized to minimize the communal harm, in addition to increasing the oral health of Indians. Rural India, where smoked and smokeless tobacco use are more common, is in immediate need of dentists who can administer the anti-tobacco awareness message. In addition to creating anti-tobacco awareness, initiation and administration of the cessation programs would be an added financial remuneration for dentists. To equip this situation, we need to redesign our curriculum for including suitable continuing dental education programs and similar tools.[5]

The increasing tobacco awareness and related researches, especially those associated with smokeless forms, provides ample opportunity for dentists both in research and in routine dental practice. The institutions and dentists need to play a more serious role in tobacco cessation research.

References

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5Balaji SM. Smokeless tobacco research. Indian J Dent Res 2015;26:445.