Smoking is deleterious to overall health and shares a direct causal relationship with the oral health and periodontal diseases. It’s the one of the burning topics in the present scenario and responsible for approximately 8 million deaths annually around the globe. Over the past 20 years, there has been an increase in awareness on the role of smoking on the prevalence and severity of periodontal diseases. Smoking is an independent risk factor for the initiation, extent and severity of periodontal diseases. Additionally, it can lower the chances of successful treatment. So, the health workers should identify smokers, counsel them gradually and improve their quality of life.
Key Take Home Points from the Presentation:
Learn theoretical aspect of relation between smoking and periodontium
Pathogenesis behind this relation
Clinical signs and symptoms
Role of a health worker especially dentist
How to deal and counsel such patients
Withdrawal symptoms and expected outcomes