To assist Indiana oral health practitioners in helping their patients quit tobacco, the Indiana Dental Association proudly announces the availability of the Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Indiana Dental Practices.
Tobacco use, which remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S. today, can have a significant impact on oral health. Thus, it becomes imperative to provide resources to all oral healthcare providers to assist them in actively addressing tobacco use and dependence in their patient populations. As many oral health professionals cite a lack of appropriate informational resources as the key barrier to engaging in such discussions with their patients, a resourceful toolkit can be a great aide for the dental team. Led by Dr. Laura Romito, Associate Professor of Oral Biology at IUSD, the development of the Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Indiana Dental Practices was a collaborative effort over nearly two years between the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD), the IUPUI School of Public Health, and IDA’s member dentists and leadership.
The Toolkit is a streamlined, yet comprehensive guide that provides the dental team what they need to effectively address patient tobacco use. Divided into sections for easy reference, the Toolkit provides information on 1) Indiana tobacco use prevalence and costs 2) oral health effects, 3) the physiology of nicotine dependence, 4) tobacco cessation pharmacotherapy, 5) cessation counseling, 6) insurance coverage /coding for tobacco interventions, 7) a step by step process for developing a tobacco cessation program with key roles for each member of the dental team, 8) common barriers to providing tobacco interventions and potential solutions, and 9) additional resources and contacts.
The Toolkit can be used to:
- Provide important information to your patients about the effects of smoking and smokeless tobacco to their oral and overall health, and that of their family.
- Provide information to your patients about the benefits of quitting tobacco.
- Assist your patient with their quitting by referring to the treatment modalities as recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service 2008 Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.
- Assist you and your entire dental team in helping your patients quit, by outlining the roles of every member of your dental team.
- Anticipate roadblocks faced by your dental team and the patients in his/her quitting attempts and provide possible solutions to such barriers.
- Provide resources and referral options for dentists and patients.
We hope that the Toolkit will serve as an important resource to all Indiana oral healthcare professionals that will facilitate greater awareness and involvement tobacco dependence prevention and treatment interventions to their patients. The Tobacco Cessation Toolkit can be downloaded here (PDF document).