Oral hygiene therapy assists in behavioural intervention for smoking cessation: A pilot approach for oral health care providers

Danielle Furgeson, Chin Wei Jeff Wang

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Abstract

Introduction: Behavioural dependency, such as oral and hand fixation, can hinder cessation efforts when nicotine replacement therapy is used as a stand-alone intervention. We here present a case report of one of several patients who has successfully achieved smoking cessation utilizing oral hygiene therapy (OHT). Case description: The patient is a 52-year-old male with a 25-year smoking habit of two packs daily. Previous attempts at smoking cessation were unsuccessful with various nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs). After introducing interdental cleaning device and modifying tooth-brushing techniques during oral hygiene therapy, the patient reported frequent use of toothpaste and using the device to satisfy his oral-hand fixation to successfully quit smoking. Conclusion: Oral hygiene therapy may enhance smoking cessation in select patients who are more behavioural dependent than nicotine dependent. Future studies are needed to develop evidence-based individualized intervention to include OHT as part of the interdisciplinary approach for smoking cessation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-178
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Smoking Cessation
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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