Tobacco cessation help in the dental healthcare setting of Turkey
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Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskişehir, Turkey
Publication date: 2021-12-10
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2021;7(Supplement):58
Assisting patients with smoking cessation must be one of the most important primary care tasks of dentists. The benefits of discontinuing smoking behavior are well established both on oral health and systemic health. In our study we analyze if dental patients received enough support during their previous dental visits.

An in-person cross-sectional survey was completed at the Department of Periodontology, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey, from March 2019 to September 2019 by patients (N=226). The survey analyzed patients' oral health, patient's smoking habit, previous attempts to quit smoking, and expectations from dentists regarding smoking cessation.

68% of patients tried to quit previously, 38% of the patients were current smokers, 8% were former smokers. Smoking caused to have a negative effect on the periodontium, to increase the risk for incidence and progression of periodontitis. Patients' knowledge for the negative effects of smoking was high and most the patients expected to receive information from their dentists regarding cessation. However the dentists asked about patients' smoking habits but did not help to quit during dental visits.

Increased awareness of the roles of dentists in smoking cessation and prevention activities is needed in the dental healthcare system of Turkey.

No Conflicts of Interest were reported.
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