Providers should consider SD QuitLine cessation medication, including patches, lozenges and gum or dual therapy for patients who need extra help.
A health care provider’s role is essential in helping your patients consider quitting tobacco and vaping products.
As a dentist, dental hygienist or other dental provider, you may be the first to recognize the signs that your patient’s oral health is threatened due to their tobacco use. Early detection is key to limiting the spread and continued deterioration of their oral health.
Tobacco use drastically increases patients’ risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay and cancers of the oral cavity and beyond. As you likely know, oral health problems can lead to a variety of other health issues, so be on the look-out for signs of these oral health concerns. Your advice could be what pushes your patients to finally quit.
With your professional advice and assessment of their oral health, your patients are more likely to attempt quitting their habit. Learn more about cessation medications.
For more information on oral health in South Dakota, you can access the South Dakota Oral Health Coalition’s plan through the South Dakota Department of Health.
Access Assets & Order Materials
Visit our media library to find assets that you can download and use from “Watch Your Mouth,” a tobacco and oral health campaign, and more.
You can also find free materials and signage for your offices and beyond if you access the Division of Health and Medical Services’ educational materials catalog.