A Study to Analyze the willingness of Smokers to Quit Smoking Following Dentist’s Advice
Keywords:smoking, oral health, patient knowledge, patient perception.
Aim: To analyze the patient’s perceptions about the role of dentists in smoking prevention, counseling and
cessation and to analyze the willingness of smokers to quit smoking following dentist’s advice.
Materials and Methods: A descriptive study was conducted among dental patients visiting Dental College
and Hospital in the month of November 2019 using a self administered questionnaire. Convenient sampling
was done. Among five hundred patients who participated in the study, 486 completed it with a response rate
of 97.2%. The descriptive statistics and chi square analysis was performed to analyze data.
Results: The patients had good knowledge about the effects of smoking on general and oral health. However
its effect on hair loss, ageing and wound healing can be reinforced. Non smokers had significantly higher
(p<0.05) knowledge about the effects of smoking on ageing, bad breath, gum diseases and oral cancer
compared to smokers. Patients had positive perception about the role of dentist in smoking cessation
activities. Smokers exhibited willingness to quit if suggested by the dentist.
Conclusion: Patients perceive that dentists can play an important part in smoking cessation activities. Hence
dentists should not hesitate to give smoking advice to their patients and grasp this opportunity to improve the
general and oral health of the community.
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