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International Journal of Oral Health Dentistry


Role of dental students towards tobacco-use cessation: KAB Survey


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Author Details: Shishir Shah, Shilpi S. Shah, Tejal Sheth, Sandip Ladani

Volume : 3

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2395-499X

Print ISSN : 2395-4914

Article First Page : 105

Article End Page : 109


Abstract

It is a misfortune of the past that tobacco became a legal invention. It would be a myth to presume that a product which destroys semi its customers was given a legal status by way of judgment. Addictive nature of nicotine leads to tobacco dependence, which can be cured through Tobacco-use Cessation (TUC). Dentists can play a significant role in TUC as dental treatment often necessitates multiple visits, providing a platform for initiation, reinforcement, and support of tobacco cessation activities. Despite this proven potential, not many dental students routinely offer tobacco-use cessation counseling to their patients although the majority of them have positive attitude towards the idea. Hence, this study was carried out to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, behavior, constraints & practices of clinical dental students of four dental colleges of Gujarat, towards tobacco-use deterrence & termination encouragement in oral healthcare settings.

Keywords:
Tobacco, Tobacco-use cessation (TUC), KAB survey