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Understanding Oral Health Promotion Needs and Opportunities of Tobacco Quitline Callers.

Thursday, August 09, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
McClure JB, Riggs KR, St John J, Cerutti B, Zbikowski S. Public Health Rep. 2012 Jul;127(4):401-6.
This study examined callers to the Washington State Quitline to assess their oral health, relevant self-care behaviors, and interest in oral health promotion intervention. Many respondents were interested in learning more about how to improve their oral health (57.4%), willing to speak with a quitline coach about improving their oral health (48.2%), and open to receiving additional oral health information by mail (62.7%) or the Internet (50.0%). People who were receptive to learning how to improve their oral health were significantly more likely to be nonwhite, have a low income, have no dental insurance, and not have visited a dentist in the past year. The authors conclude that there is a need and an opportunity to target tobacco cessation quitline callers for oral health promotion services, as those most in need of these services were open to receiving them.

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