MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As a partner of Quebec
Tobacco-Free Week, from January 15 to 21, the Ordre des dentistes du
Québec is committed to making the anti-smoking cause a priority, in
particular by adopting the position statement suggested by the Institut
national de santé publique du Québec.
"Every evening as I walk home along St. Paul Street in Old Montreal, I
am astonished at the numbers of young Quebecers in the prime of their
lives standing outside the local bars and restaurants on the sidewalk
smoking," says Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Order.
"With four children and two grandchildren, I am fortunate that no one in
my family smokes, but I realize that we have a long way to go to break
this habit in many Quebec families."
Dentists are ideally positioned to speak to patients who smoke and
inform them of the effects of smoking on their oral health. They can
also counsel them about different ways of stopping smoking and on the
free resources available to them.
But more important still, dentists are university-trained professionals
with the skills to detect early signs of oral cancer in patients during
We don't tend to hear much about oral cancer. But there are several
places in the mouth and throat where it can appear, for instance on the
tongue, lips, palate, salivary glands and tonsils.
The earlier oral cancer is discovered, the better the chance of
survival. Eight out of ten individuals (80%) survive if oral cancer is
detected early, as compared with only two out of ten (20%) if it is
detected at an advanced stage.
So make a good resolution for 2012: Visit your dentist on a regular
basis and stop smoking today!
About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents 4,730 dentists. Its mission
is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high
professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among
SOURCE Ordre des Dentistes du Québec
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