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Tobacco Cessation in Dental Practice


October 27, 2023 - 16:00 - 17:00

Topic Description :

Tobacco Cessation in Dental Practice

Tobacco use remains a significant global public health concern, with detrimental effects on both systemic and oral health. This webinar primary delves into the vital role of dental practitioners in tobacco cessation who are uniquely positioned to identify, educate, and support patients in their journey towards tobacco cessation.

Dental practitioners have an opportunity to serve as frontline healthcare providers by routinely assessing and delivering brief interventions and pharmacotherapy. We shall be sharing anecdotal experiences and strategies used to make your dental practice more relevant for tobacco cessation. This integration of tobacco cessation into dental practice holds promise for improving both the oral and overall health outcomes of patients and communities worldwide.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand the role of dental professionals and strategies to integrate tobacco cessation into dental practice.
  2. To understand and develop a personalized plan for quitting tobacco with support from dental professionals.
  3. To understand the role of pharmacotherapy in tobacco cessation
  4. To appreciate the various barriers and challenges to delivery of tobacco cessation in dental practice
  5. To explore the various resources in tobacco cessation.

Speaker :


Dr. Vikrant Mohanty

BDS, MDS, MBA in Healthcare Administration
Professor and Head of Department
Program Coordinator and Project Head, National Resource Center
for Oral Health and Tobacco Cessation
Medical Officer In-Charge (NHM)
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (Govt. of NCT Delhi) – INDIA


Dr. Vikrant Mohanty is currently the Professor and Head of the Department, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (Govt. of NCT Delhi), New Delhi, India. I am also the Program Coordinator and Project Head, National Resource Centre for Oral Health and Tobacco Cessation under the National Oral health Program under the Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Govt. of India. I have more than 16 years of professional experience in academia, research, and dental practice. I have completed my Bachelors in Dentistry, followed by Masters in Public Health Dentistry and Masters in Health Care Administration.

Speaker :


Dr. Rajesh Gururaghavendran

BDS, MDS, Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology,
Master of Arts (Psychology), PhD, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, MPH (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
Medical Scientist III, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics, Institute of Child Health Policy
University of Florida, College of Medicine -USA


Dr. Rajesh Gururaghavendran is a seasoned public health professional and epidemiologist. He holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from VS Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India. Building on his foundation, he pursued a Master of Dental Surgery in Public Health Dentistry at SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital in Dharwad, India.
Committed to public health, Dr. Gururaghavendran completed advanced degrees, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in 2014 and 2016, respectively. He furthered his expertise with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion from PHFI in 2018.
In 2017, he earned a PhD from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, establishing himself as a notable figure in epidemiology and public health. His academic journey culminated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University School of Public Health in 2023.
Dr. Gururaghavendran currently serves as a Medical Scientist III at the Institute of Child Health Policy, University of Florida. His diverse educational background and flourishing career reflect his unwavering commitment to improving public health and advancing medical science.

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INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions Organisation LLC is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions Organisation LLC. designates this activity for 1 continuing education credits.

The International Congress For Health Specialties – ICHS certifies that The Waterfalls Initiative for Continuous Education who are organizing the Tobacco Cessation in Dental Practice Webinar adopting an online learning format on October 27, 2023 shall be awarded 1 ICHS CME Credit.

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