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Oral health effects of tobacco focus of webinar

July 16, 2018 Dental professionals interested in learning more about their role in addressing tobacco use with their patients can attend a no-cost July 31 webinar.

The ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are collaborating for the presentation, which offers one hour of continuing education credit.

Participants will hear from a former smoker, Rebecca, who lost teeth in part from smoking. She is part of the CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, which this year also includes the story of a woman who previously smoked and was diagnosed with oral cancer.

The webinar will also discuss the interaction between dental team members and tobacco users and strategies patients can use when looking to quit tobacco products.

Other webinar presenters include Dr. Larry Williams, an associate professor at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine and advocate for tobacco cessation; Casey Hannan, branch chief in health sciences for the CDC; and Shelley Hammond, a health communications specialist with the CDC.

To register for the webinar, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon Central time July 31, click here.

Dentists can also refer patients interested in quitting smoking to its "How to Quit Smoking" section of the website at, which includes details on how to develop and stick to a quit plan.