NACCME and Academy of General Dentistry Educational Initiative Arms Dental Professionals In Fight Against Smoking

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Continuing Education Initiative Improves Dental Professionals’ Performance in Smoking Cessation Intervention

Results from a year-long continuing education campaign that included the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) showed improvement in dental professionals’ initiation of smoking cessation interventions, but demonstrated a need for developing skills in providing evidence-based therapeutic strategies and more completely implementing recommended guidelines.

“The Tobacco and Oral Health: Smoking Cessation Intervention in Dentistry program continues to demonstrate that oral health professionals are uniquely positioned to help improve quit rates.” says Stephen Chavez from the NACCME, a leader in continuing education and one of the organizations that developed the campaign.

Charles J. Macfarlane, FACHE, CAE, Executive Director of the Academy of General Dentistry which is providing PACE (Program Approval for Continuing Education)-approved CE for this initiative concurs, “We’re proud of the results of this initiative and we look forward to continuing to provide our membership and other dental care professionals with the educational resources they need to tackle this public health issue.”

From 2010 to 2011, nearly 300 oral care professionals participated in the Tobacco and Oral Health: Smoking Cessation Intervention in Dentistry educational program through a series of webinars a learning blog and access to toolkits. Results showed their patients were 29% more likely to receive evidence-based smoking cessation care than those seen by healthcare providers who did not participate in the activity.

Beginning in 2012, the program will include face-to-face instruction from leading experts and training on improving patient interaction and communication in assisting patients in their attempts to quit. For more information, contact Stephen Chavez at

The 2010/11 Tobacco and Oral Health: Smoking Cessation Intervention in Dentistry was funded through a grant from Pfizer Inc.

About NACCME: North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (, an HMP Communications Holdings Company, provides the highest quality CME/CE across medical disciplines and therapeutic areas. In conjunction with top medical faculty, NACCME develops evidence-based initiatives that target specific educational needs, assisting healthcare professionals in improving patient outcomes by bridging the gap between current and best healthcare practices.

About AGD: The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up to date in the profession through continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the second-largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. More than 772,000 persons in the United States are employed directly in the field of dentistry. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. Learn more about AGD member dentists or find more information on dental health topics at


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