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J Periodontol. 2008 Sep;79(9):1797-801. doi: 10.1902/jop.2008.070544 .

Resolution of oral lesions after tobacco cessation.

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Department of Periodontics and Endodontics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA. shibly@buffalo.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Dentists and other health care professionals are familiar with the impact of tobacco on oral and general health. However, oral health care professionals do not often provide tobacco-cessation counseling to their patients, thus reflecting a significant disconnect between research and clinical practice. This report demonstrates the benefits of tobacco cessation in resolving oral lesions and improving overall periodontal and oral health.

METHODS:

A 51-year-old white male presented to the University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine clinic requesting an oral and periodontal examination as part of a presurgical protocol prior to cardiac surgery. A review of the patient's history from a health questionnaire revealed that he was using smokeless tobacco every day. An oral examination revealed several white lesions (5 x 10 mm) on the maxillary right and left labial mucosa. The patient was provided with tobacco-cessation counseling as well as oral hygiene instructions and professional dental prophylaxis.

RESULTS:

An oral examination 2 weeks after tobacco cessation revealed complete resolution of the oral lesions and overall improvement of periodontal and oral health.

CONCLUSION:

Although the findings presented in this article are based only on a single case report, the improvement in the patient's oral health after cessation of tobacco use was dramatic and reinforces the belief that tobacco-cessation counseling should be a routine component of the standard of care for tobacco-using patients.

PMID:
18771384
DOI:
10.1902/jop.2008.070544
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