Tobacco Cessation Training for Dental Staff

Nicotine Free NWPA has partnered with the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH) to develop Integrating Nicotine Dependence Treatment with Oral Health: For Dental Professionals (INDTOH), a 1.2-hour tobacco and nicotine education training that provides a dental-specific follow-up course to the state’s own Every Smoker, Every Time (ESET) cessation training. INDTOH translates information presented in ESET into the oral health setting with focus on providing support and additional training in referring dental patients to cessation treatment programming, offering tools to empower oral health professionals to conduct effective cessation counseling, and informing dental clinicians how to bill for these services. Attendees will be presented data supporting the logic behind offering cessation services as a natural extension of oral and overall health for patients who use tobacco and nicotine products, as well as encouragement to consider systems change towards that end. All interested dental providers should take the ESET training first, which provides entry-level tobacco use-related education for health care professionals. It includes information on effective brief intervention, nicotine replacement therapy, and referral options.

The ESET training takes approximately 45 minutes. This training should be completed via self-study prior to moving on to the second INDTOH webinar. Dental licensees who complete both trainings can earn 2.0 free CEUs.