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Do dentists offer smoking advice?

Absolutely. Your dentist wants you to quit smoking because he or she knows that quitting smoking is the single greatest thing you can do for your oral and overall health.

Your dentist can give you tips for quitting, including hotline numbers and whether or not nicotine replacement therapy is right for you. Be sure to involve your physician too. That way, your entire health care team will be fighting for you in this important battle.

Some dentists do offer advice on how and why to stop smoking. One study reported that 24% of dentists offered their patients advice and tools to help them quit. Dentists can do a much better job at educating their patients about how to quit. Since dentists know that smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease dramatically, along with complications of diabetes, they need to reemphasize the importance of stopping smoking. If your dentist or hygienist hasn't discussed the risks of smoking or diabetes, ask! Dental professionals and physicians alike have a serious responsibility to educate those who smoke and who have diabetes. They will give you the very tools you need to stop.

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