Want to help your patients to quit, but not sure how? Learn about the training and resources specifically for oral health professionals.
Training for Oral Health Professionals
Quit has worked with oral health professionals to develop a 3-step model (Ask, Advise and Help) that helps integrate smoking cessation in the oral health setting. The short conversation to quitting success is Ask, Advise and Help, or just say AAH.
If you are not familiar with delivering brief interventions, read up on Quit Education and check for registration updates to access free online training or workshops developed specifically for oral health professionals that cover:
- Background and evidence for dentists' involvement in smoking cessation
- The theory about smoking cessation intervention
- Strategies for integrating dental care and the AAH model
The package also includes resources developed to support OHPs to build smoking cessation interventions into their existing routine plus information for OHPs and their patients to access Quit services and resources.
How Quitline can help
Oral health teams can provide smoking cessation assistance within the time constraints of a busy practice by referring patients to Quitline.
Quit have worked with consumers and oral health professionals to develop a range of resources to support smoking cessation. You can order resources to use with your patients.
- The Smoking and the mouth fact sheet provides further information for OHPs.
- Fact sheets on tobacco use and quitting
- Stress cycle of smoking poster that you could place in your waiting room.
- Benefits of quitting poster.
- Appointment cards which have space to write three appointment times on one side and tips for managing cravings on the other.
- Motivational tools – Quit for Cash Postcard helps people see how much they could save. There is also a youth version.
- Information to support nicotine replacement therapy use.
- Self help material – My quit plan and wallet card.
Tobacco in Australia: Facts and Issues is a comprehensive review of the major issues in smoking and health in Australia, compiled by the Cancer Council Victoria.
Oral health professionals: Your role in smoking cessation
Oral health professionals have a vital role in promoting smoking cessation. A brief intervention provided by an oral health professional can trigger a quit attempt.