Survey of patients attending dental clinics: Smoking and preferences for cessation support

Ford, Pauline, Tran, Peter, Cockburn, Nicole, Keen, Brittany, Kavanagh, David J. and Gartner, Coral (2016) Survey of patients attending dental clinics: Smoking and preferences for cessation support. Australian Dental Journal, 61 2: 219-226. doi:10.1111/adj.12345

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Author Ford, Pauline
Tran, Peter
Cockburn, Nicole
Keen, Brittany
Kavanagh, David J.
Gartner, Coral
Title Survey of patients attending dental clinics: Smoking and preferences for cessation support
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
Publication date 2016-06
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/adj.12345
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 61
Issue 2
Start page 219
End page 226
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Smoking cessation interventions delivered by dental practitioners can be as effective as those delivered by general medical practitioners. However, concern that addressing smoking may cause offence to their patients is a reason cited by dental practitioners for not regularly addressing patient smoking behaviours, despite believing they should play a role in smoking cessation. This study aimed to elicit the smoking behaviour and smoking cessation preferences of dental patients to determine if these concerns accurately reflect patient attitudes.


We surveyed 726 adult dental patients attending the University of Queensland's School of Dentistry Dental Clinics, Brisbane Dental Hospital, and four private dental practices in South East Queensland.

Most (80%) current daily smokers had tried to quit smoking. Smokers and non-smokers both agreed that dentists should screen for smoking behaviour and are qualified to offer smoking cessation advice (99% and 96% respectively). Almost all participants (96%) said they would be comfortable with their dentist asking about their smoking and that if their smoking was affecting their oral health their dentist should advise them to quit.

Patients are receptive to dental practitioners inquiring about smoking behaviour and offering advice on quitting. Smoking patients showed considerable motivation and interest in quitting smoking, particularly in the context of health problems related to smoking being identified. These results should encourage dentists to raise the issue with their patients.
Keyword Smoking Cessation
Dental practitioners
Dental patients
Dental setting
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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