Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

May 31, 2006 08:30 ET

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Celebrates World no Tobacco Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) - The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association joins together with 14,000 dental hygienists across Canada in taking a stand against tobacco use. Dental hygienists have a key role in assisting clients to quit, since visible oral changes are a powerful motivator to stop using tobacco. It is common for dental hygienists to have contact with clients over an extended period, allowing vital ongoing support for quitting.

A public survey shows that Canadians expect dental hygienists to provide advice about quitting tobacco use. Ask your Dental Hygienist about tips for quitting - they are experts in oral disease prevention and health promotion.

Did you know that smoking causes poor oral health?

- Smokers have 3 times the odds of developing periodontal disease.
- Smoking accounts for at least 3/4 of oral cancers.
- Teeth become discoloured from tobacco by-products.
- Gum tissue does not heal as quickly.

Did you know that spit tobacco use is linked with poor oral health?

Spit tobacco use may cause the following conditions:
- Oral lesions
- Oral Cancer
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Tooth abrasion

Visit CDHA's Oral Care Centre for facts and tips on quitting tobacco use:

Visit CDHA's News Room to read our Position Paper on Tobacco Cessation and the Role of the Dental Hygienist:

Contact Information

  • CDHA
    Judy Lux
    Health Policy Communications Specialist
    (613) 224-5515 ext. 23