Of the dentists who indicated they offer smoking cessation counseling or treatment, 90% said they were involved in those conversations with patients, either alone or with a dental team member, and 69% said they would be willing to prescribe pharmacologic agents to help with cessation.
"There is a high degree of enthusiasm among dentists for educating and counseling patients on the adverse effects of smoking and vaping," Dr. Kumar said. "In order for the profession to incorporate smoking cessation counseling and therapy into their practices more widely, there is a need for formal training on cessation strategies, access to cessation resources and reimbursement for time and effort."
Awareness about medical benefits for smoking cessation counseling and treatment and surgical protocols for current smokers, vapers and smokeless tobacco product users varied among survey participants. Out of all the respondents, 40% were aware smoking cessation counseling and treatment is part of most medical benefits and 82% said they perform surgeries on patients who smoke, vape or use smokeless tobacco products.
Of those who perform surgeries, 50% will perform or recommend surgical implant placement to these patients and 45% require these patients to alter their use of smoking, vaping and smokeless tobacco products.