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Dentists are using technology to help people quit smoking.
Updated: 1/31/2012 3:00:06 PM

Dentists are using technology to help people quit smoking.  

Smoking is something that can seriously damage oral health. According to WebMD, cigarette use can lead to increased buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, a higher risk of gum disease and oral cancer and other major and minor problems such as bad breath and loss of bone in the jaw.

As a result, dentists are often encouraging their patients to give up the habit. Recently, Mobi Health News reported that the company Aetna is giving dentists tablet computers that are equipped with smoking cessation programs designed to help them encourage patients to quit.

"The program is designed as an innovative interface between patients and dentists and we anticipate that devices like [tablet computers] can be used to break down barriers between clinicians’ and their patients," said David Albert, D.D.S., quoted by the news source.

The devices have a clinical decision support system, built on patient data, that is designed to help dentists to personally cater advice to each patient. This may lead to more effective smoking cessation programs.

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