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Tobacco cessation toolkit available

February 20, 2012

New York—A tobacco cessation toolkit used at New York University College of Dentistry clinics since 2008 is now available to dental professionals nationwide.

From 2008-2011, the NYUCD clinics saw measurable smoking rate reductions and assist rates climb among its patients when using the resource, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: A Toolkit for Dental Providers.

According to an NYU press release, one of the dental school clinics saw the smoking rate go from 21 percent in 2008 to 12 percent in 2011. The assist rate, or the percentage of smoking patients who received a prescription to quit from their clinician, went from 5 percent in 2008 to 58 percent in 2011.

“Studies show that tobacco users who receive assistance in quitting from a clinician are twice as likely to quit successfully (for 5 or more months) compared to those who receive no clinician assistance,” said Diana Zraik, M.P.H., co-director, of the program. “Considering 62 percent of U.S. adults visit the dentist each year, dental providers are in the unique position to address tobacco use in populations that may not otherwise seek medical care.”

“On a routine day in dental practice, it is rare that we have the opportunity to save thousands of dollars in heath care expenses, improve the health of a patient and their family and just possibly save a life,” said Dr. Mark Wolff, NYUCD professor and chair for pre-doctoral clinical education cariology and comprehensive care. “Helping patients with tobacco cessation has become core to every NYU College of Dentistry graduate. Moreover, the Toolkit for Dental Providers is a long lasting standard of practice that I use and works in my own practice.”

The toolkit provides the concise steps and procedures for treating tobacco use in the dental setting. Available online in PDF format, the toolkit can be accessed online or printed and kept on-hand for use in the dental practice.

Visit ADA.org (Smoking and Tobacco Cessation) for a link to this and other tobacco cessation resources.