Dentists and Dental Hygienists have a responsibility to care for the oral health of their patients, which is why it is so essential to recommend patients stop using tobacco products. This includes informing patients about the health risks of smoking and tobacco use.
What kind of Dental Healthcare Professional are you? Do you simply tell your patients “You need to floss more”? Or are you showing them how to floss or suggesting alternatives? Every patient is different, and it is our responsibility.
It’s clear that physicians don’t understand anything about the oral cavity, but really, it’s not all that difficult.