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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Tobacco: A Toxic Mix for Oral and Systemic Health

Categories: Health and Medical Topics

Author(s): Fiona Collins

Course Type: elearning

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists


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Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this article is to provide information on the effects of tobacco use on oral and systemic health. After reading this course, participants will be able to:

1. List and describe the systemic diseases and conditions causally related or linked to tobacco use;

2. Describe the mechanisms by which the compounds and chemicals in tobacco cause oral ad systemic cancers;

3. List and describe the oral diseases and conditions impacted by tobacco; and

4. Review the mechanisms by which tobacco is causally related or linked to oral diseases.


Tobacco use is causally related and linked to a large number of oral and systemic disease and conditions. At this point, at least 69 chemicals have been identified that impact health while tobacco contains thousands of chemicals and compounds. Some chemicals are carcinogenic while others impact other diseases of the immune system, cardiovascular and respiratory system and others. Oral diseases and conditions impacted by tobacco use include oral cancer, dental caries, periodontal disease, xerostomia, halitosis, impaired healing, peri-implantitis, dental stain and taste disturbances. Mechanisms of action for the various disease processes are varied.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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