Posted: February 1, 2013

Tobacco Usage Assessment: A Fundamental Step in Oral Cancer Prevention


Oral cancer prevention is an essential component of the oral health education curriculum. Since tobacco usage is a major risk factor for oral cancer, the assessment of its usage has become a fundamental step in oral cancer prevention, education, and practice. Routine assessment of new patients' tobacco usage is part of the oral cancer prevention strategic plan. It not only provides students the opportunity to link didactic knowledge and clinical practice of cancer prevention, but also serves as a platform for patient education and tobacco cessation. This poster describes a study which aimed to examine the implementation rate of tobacco assessment for dental patients, evaluate the effectiveness of integration of didactic and clinical curricula, and identify barriers to implementation.

*Presented at 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition


Population Health, Prevention, Assessment, Electronic Health Record, Public Health Sciences, Tobacco, Oral Cancer, Tobacco Cessation, Oral Health Education Curriculum, Structured Clinic Performance, Clinic Performance Evaluation


Shin-May Rose Y. Geist, DDS, MS, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry

Cindy Bauer, DDS, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry

Nahid Kashani, DDS, MS, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry