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[More] Evidence to Support Oral Health Promotion Services Targeted to Smokers Calling Tobacco QLs

Wednesday, August 7, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
McClure JB, Riggs K, St John J, Catz SL. BMC Public Health. 2013 Apr 11;13:336.

This study examined the feasibility of an oral health promotion program delivered through a commercially-funded quitline service, and compared results to a previous study testing an oral health promotion program delivered through a free, state-funded quitline in the same geographic region. Results showed that while commercial quitline callers had higher socioeconomic status, were more likely to have dental insurance, and reported better overall oral health indicators and routine self-care than callers to a state-funded quitline, there were still opportunities for oral health promotion. Nearly 80% of commercial quitline callers failed to meet basic daily hygiene recommendations, 32.85 had not visited the dentist in over a year, and nearly half (44%) were interested in learning how to improve their oral health status. The authors conclude that future public oral health promotion efforts should focus on callers to both free state-supported and commercially-funded tobacco quitlines.

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