Tobacco Cessation: The Role of the Dental Professional


About the Course 
Tobacco use is now accurately viewed as a chronic disease rather than a habit. Tobacco use cessation must address nicotine dependence as well as the social and psychological components of tobacco use.11 This basic-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the information to practice tobacco cessation intervention.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the prevalence of smoking in the United States.
  • Identify the health risks of smoking.
  • Explain the effects of nicotine, including nicotine dependence and withdrawal associated with smoking.
  • Outline intervention techniques for combustible tobacco use and dependence.
  • Describe the use of pharmacotherapy in smoking cessation.
  • Describe the increased use of smokeless tobacco, its risks, interventions, and pharmacotherapy.

About the Author
Brijesh Chandwani, BDS, DMD, FOP, received his doctorate of dental medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, where he also served in a fellowship on orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders. In addition to his private practice focusing on management of temporomandibular joint disorders and sleep apnea, Dr. Chandwani is an Attending Dentist at the St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx where he supervises and educates different aspects of Orofacial Pain for the GPR and Dental Anesthesia Residents. Previously, he taught at Tufts University School of Medicine, starting as an instructor before serving as an assistant professor and clinical assistant professor. Dr. Chandwani has co-authored studies on the effect of smoking on pain sensitivity in patients with temporomandibular joint disorder and on smoking cessation in the dental setting.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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