Dentists and dental practitioners are in an optimal setting to deliver tobacco cessation treatment.  A webinar series, "Essential Knowledge and Skills for Tobacco Dependence Treatment in Dental Practice", was developed specifically for dental practitioners to be able to provide practical knowledge and skills around smoking cessation interventions.

 

There are three sessions that can be taken as stand-alone sessions, or consecutively:

 
Webinar 1: Oral Effects of Tobacco Use and a Framework for Brief Interventions
Original Session Date: Friday December 7th, 2012
(please see the archives for a copy of the webinar presentation)
Speaker(s): Dr. Peter Selby, Dr. Debbie Saunders
Duration: 1 hour
 
Session Description: Tobacco dependence is an important medical issue for dentists, because as the oral health experts, dentists are often the frontline medical professionals to spot and diagnose oral conditions often associated with cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use. This session addresses the specific impacts of tobacco use on oral health, as well as practical strategies for intervening effectively in busy practice settings. Content includes case examples, audience polling and online group discussion.
 
Learning Objectives
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Provide accurate information surrounding the health effects of tobacco use and dependence.
2. Address tobacco use with patients in an engaging and non-confrontational way.
3. Access additional resources on tobacco dependence treatment interventions.
 
 
Webinar 2: Pharmacotherapy for Tobacco Dependence Treatment: Part 1 – Nicotine Replacement
Original Session Date: Friday January 18th, 2013
(please see the archives for a copy of the webinar presentation)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Peter Selby, Dr. Debbie Saunders
Duration: 1 hour
 
Session Description: Evidence shows that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can significantly increase a person’s chances of quitting smoking successfully. This session explores the art and science of discussing and recommending nicotine replacement medications, including some of the major myths and misconceptions about safe use of NRT and the role that dentists can play in promoting change.  Content includes case examples, audience polling and online group discussion.
 
Learning Objectives
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the types of NRT available in Canada.
2. Apply an algorithm to help determine when and how to recommend NRT for varying levels of tobacco use among patients.
3. Discuss the risks and benefits of NRT with patients.
 
Webinar 3: Pharmacotherapy for Tobacco Dependence Treatment: Part 2 – Prescription Medications (Bupropion and Varenicline)
Original Session Date: Friday February 15th, 2013
(please see the archives for a copy of the webinar presentation)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Peter Selby, Dr. Debbie Saunders
Duration: 1 hour
 
Session Description: Evidence shows that first-line, prescription medications for tobacco dependence treatment can significantly increase a person’s chances of quitting smoking successfully. This session reviews the risks and benefits of bupropion and varenicline in treating tobacco dependence in dental practice, including when and how to prescribe and monitor patients. Content includes case examples, audience polling and online group discussion. 
 
Learning Objectives
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the risks and benefits of bupropion and varenicline with patients, based on best evidence.
2. List contraindications to use of these medications.
3. Apply an algorithm to help determine when and how to prescribe these medications, and monitor for patient safety and effectiveness.
4. Develop an implementation plan for your dental practice.
 

 

  TEACH Oral Changes and Tobacco Use Flyer.pdfTEACH Oral Changes and Tobacco Use Flyer.pdf