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Researchers call for dentists to screen for alcohol use
Updated: 4/5/2012 7:00:23 PM

Researchers call for dentists to screen for alcohol use  

Recently, Dentistry.co.uk reported that a study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that people who are dependent on alcohol are more likely to develop serious gum disease than those who only drink occasionally. Now, The Huffington Post UK has published an article stating that a study in the Royal College of Surgeon's Dental Journal is calling for dentists to screen their patients for signs that they consume too much alcohol.

The researchers said that dentists have a duty to promote the general health and well-being of the public, and they should inquire about their patients' drinking habits so they can know to screen for alcohol-related dental health problems.

"After screening, the individuals identified as misusing alcohol could then be offered treatment, including brief motivational advice sessions delivered by hygienists or dental nurses," said study authors, quoted by the news source.

The scientists added that alcoholics have an increased risk of sustaining mouth injuries through falls or traffic accidents. Furthermore, the researchers stated that alcohol use may also raise a person's chances of cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx and esophagus. 

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