Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

May 31, 2005 00:01 ET

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Celebrates World No Tobacco Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2005) - The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association joins together with 14,000 dental hygienists across Canada in taking a stand against tobacco use. Dental hygienists are strong members of the health professional team providing advice to clients on 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.

A survey shows that approximately 60% of the public expect dental hygienists to provide this advice. Ask your Dental Hygienist about tips for quitting - they are in an excellent position to talk to you about quitting, since they are experts in oral disease prevention and health promotion.

Did you know that smoking causes poor oral health?

- Periodontal disease

- Oral cancer

Did you know that smoking is linked with an increased risk for certain oral health conditions?

- Oral lesions

- Delayed oral tissue healing

Did you know that spit tobacco use is linked with an increased risk for certain oral health conditions?

- Oral lesions

- Oral Cancer

- Receding gums

- Tooth decay

- Tooth abrasion

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