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Smoking cessation program for dental clients

Background

Tobacco smoking remains the single most preventable cause of illness and death in Australia (SA Tobacco Control Strategy 2017-2020).

Smoking has a profound effect on oral and general health.

SA Dental Service introduced a clinic based smoking cessation support program for clients in 2006.

The program aims to contribute to the improvement of clients’ oral and general health by raising awareness of support services available for quitting and provides a referral pathway to the Quitline 13 7848.

Brief intervention techniques are used to support smokers who are interested in managing their tobacco dependence.

The program combines SA Dental Service expertise on the effects of smoking on oral health and QUIT SA’s expert knowledge and advice on tobacco control.

Conversations with clients about their smoking are embedded into daily clinical practice and written resource material is available to support these conversations.

Interventions are tracked on a custom screen recording tool via an electronic case note system.

Advice and support

SA Dental Service staff deliver quality, effective and sustainable smoking cessation support to clients and are well placed to offer brief, targeted smoking cessation advice.

Working in partnership with Quit SA has provided opportunities to share knowledge, skills and resources as well as foster closer relationships with other service providers. 

The program continues to be embedded into daily practice at clinics across the state.

Resource material

A range of information resources have been developed for SA Dental Service clients interested in quitting and are available from Health Promotion.

For more information phone: (08) 8222 9119

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