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Is the Dentist Responsible for Helping Smokers Quit?

According to a recent study published in Preventing Chronic Disease, only one in every ten smokers has had a conversation with a dentist about the risks and effects of smoking and potential ways to quit, reports CBS News. In the study of 5,147 smokers, only seventy percent had seen any health care professional within the past year. Of those who visited a doctor, half were advised to quit, but only twelve percent of dentists advised their patients to quit. Researchers fear that dental care providers are overlooking the opportunities they have to educate their patients on the dangers of continuing to smoke, and the importance of smoking cessation, especially its role in improving oral health.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in Preventing Chronic Disease.