Saturday, October 8 thru Tuesday, October 11,
Munchenwiler Castle, Switzerland
The influence of tobacco on
oral health has been the subject of numerous scientific
studies worldwide over the past few years. Thus it has
been well established, that the use of tobacco products
has a detrimental effect on the periodontal tissues and
the oral mucosa. This issue has given the dental team a
whole new task to tackle. As the dental team is in regular
contact with their patients for a number of years, it is
quite reasonable for tobacco use cessation to be
incorporated in the list of tasks in the clinicians’ daily
The dental team should be
educated and trained with the knowledge and skills
required to be able to promote and maintain behavior
change in relation to instruction of oral hygiene
practices, tobacco cessation and dietary intervention.
Behavior change models, such
as motivational interviewing (MI) seem to be predictably
successful (Miller & Rollnick, 2002). The use of MI for
oral hygiene training, tobacco use cessation or nutrition
counseling should therefore be introduced into the dental
Past Symposiums held in the
United States of America and one consensus meeting
organized in Europe, have elucidated the importance for
the dental profession to be involved in tobacco cessation
(First National Dental Symposium on Smoking Cessation:
Helping Dental Patients to Quit Smoking, April 8,1989,
Chicago (McCann, 1989), IADR Symposium on Tobacco Use,
Prevention and Cessation, March 9, 2002, San Diego
(Greene, 2002) and (EU Working Group on Tobacco and Oral
Health Consensus Meeting. Copenhagen, 23-26 October 1997.
Abstracts, 1998; Allard, 2000; Johnson & Bain, 2000).
Thus far, no comprehensive
model for education and dental practice implementation of
tobacco counseling using motivational interviewing has
been developed. This workshop is intended to move further
in this direction by implementing models of behavior
change using motivational interviewing techniques into
both the initial and continuing education of oral health
the present paradigms and current concepts of tobacco
cessation in dental offices.
Introduce motivational interviewing into the dental
recent recommendations for both the education of tobacco
cessation supported by nicotine substitutes and the
organization of dental practice settings.
research questions and appropriate study designs that
will generate comparable results in education, stop
smoking rates and improvement in oral health.
public health approaches in tobacco control and identify
the potential role of the dental profession in these
Communicate outcomes of the workshop elaborations with
dental, dental hygienist’s schools and oral health care
Establish a network for quality control.
30 workshop participants
will be invited and enrolled into 5 working groups. Each
group is lead by a chairperson, assisted by a secretary
and completed with 4 working group participants. 5
Workshop consultants will also be invited. Their role will
be to support the discussions in each working group with
their advanced expertise in the field.
Prior to the workshop, all
workshop participants will provided with educational
material regarding Motivational Interviewing (MI)
techniques for behavior change counseling. Dr. Steven
Ondersma, a specialist for MI from Detroit, Michigan, USA,
will be sending out a comprehensive pre-workshop program
on MI in packages to all the workshop participants on a
monthly follow-up base, starting July 15, 2005, continued
on August 15 and September 15 respectively.
Simultaneously, a specific
task will be given to all working group members, such as
reviewing the scientific literature or developing
responses related to the topics of each working group.
The working titles for each working
Patronage and collaborative sponsors of the 1st European Workshop on Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation for Oral Health
With the patronage of the
Swiss National Stop Smoking Campaign "Smoking is harmful
- Let it be" and its project “Tobacco - Interventions in
Dental Practices” and the collaborative
sponsorship from Oral-B Laboratories, Pfizer Inc., and Quintessenz
Publishing, we are able to bring the 1st European Workshop
on Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation for Oral Health
Professionals to life.
Allard, R. H. (2000).
Tobacco and oral health: attitudes and opinions of
European dentists; a report of the EU working group on
tobacco and oral health. Int Dent J, 50, 99-102.
EU Working Group on Tobacco
and Oral Health Consensus Meeting. Copenhagen, 23-26
October 1997. Abstracts. (1998). Oral Dis, 4, 48-67.
Greene, J. C. (2002).
Tobacco use, prevention, and cessation: introduction to
the special section. IADR Symposium on Tobacco Use,
Prevention, and Cessation. March 9, 2002. J Dent Educ, 66,
Johnson, N. W. & Bain, C. A.
(2000). Tobacco and oral disease. EU-Working Group on
Tobacco and Oral Health. Br Dent J, 189, 200-206.
McCann, D. (1989). Tobacco
use and oral health. J Am Dent Assoc, 118, 18-25.
Miller, W. R. & Rollnick, S.
(2002). Motivational Interviewing: Guilford Press, New