Oral physiology to pathology: learning lesson from tobacco related oral lesions
Bhatt, Janardan; Shah, J. and Falguni, S. (2004) Oral physiology to pathology: learning lesson from tobacco related oral lesions. Journal of Applied Basic Medical Sciences, 6 (6). pp. 133-138. ISSN ISSN 0972-4729
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It is concluded that the prevalence of malignant lesions were significantly high amongst tobacco users compared to non tobacco users .Oral consumption of tobacco is significant health hazard especially for oral and dental Health. All the medical and health professional must be aware of the tobacco related oral lesions and must suspect malignancy in suspicious lesion and send for tissue diagnosis, because early diagnosis can be curative for malignancy. Similarly medical people must be precocious about the premalignant conditions.. As dental professionals are more likely to explore the oral cavity , they must be more careful in suspecting such lesion. At any level or type of lesion, medical personnels should not forget to examine oral cavity and advise to stop the tobacco consumption of any type or form. In this context it is further stated that Tobacco use is a complex addiction that must be addressed in all aspects of health care. Despite the deleterious and costly outcomes of tobacco use, people still are smoking and using smokeless tobacco. Doctors and Dentists should be trained to detect oral lesions and periodontal problems that are related to tobacco use. We are in a position to help prevent the initiation of tobacco use by children and adolescents through the use of positive anti-tobacco messages and by laws. Over the past decade, tobacco cessation strategies have been modified and made practical.
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