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Oral Effects of Tobacco Use

Learn how dental professionals can detect and address smoking-related oral pathologies, support patients in quitting smoking, and enhance oral health and overall well-being.

Jonas Ashbaugh
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About this course

The role of dental professionals extends beyond just ensuring bright, healthy smiles. In a world where tobacco use is prevalent, dentists and dental hygienists serve on the frontlines of healthcare, detecting and addressing oral pathologies linked to smoking. While most smokers are aware of the systemic impacts, like cardiovascular disease and cancer, they are often oblivious to the severe oral health consequences. These range from cosmetic issues, like discoloration, to life-threatening conditions, such as oral cancer. As dental professionals, it's vital to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to identify these smoking-related oral pathologies and support patients toward smoking cessation. The course commences with an exploration of the extensive prevalence of smoking within the U.S., setting the stage for the context and the importance of the subject matter. Detailed attention is given to the specific effects that smoking and alternative tobacco products can have on oral health, ranging from periodontal disease to oral cancer. The curriculum extends to cover various screenings employed to detect these conditions early in individuals who smoke. One key component is the provision of practical, actionable strategies for dental professionals to aid patients on their journey to quit smoking. Upon completion, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to discern tobacco-related oral health issues and take an active role in supporting patient efforts towards a tobacco-free lifestyle, thereby significantly enhancing their oral and overall well-being.

Release Date:06/20/2023
Expiration Date:06/20/2026
Universal Activity Number (UAN)0657-0000-23-044-H01-P 0657-0000-23-044-H01-T
CE Broker ID20-648911
AGD Number386503
Category:Tobacco Cessation
Activity Type:Knowledge-based
Target Audience:Dental Therapist, Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers, Pharmacist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Midwife, Licensed Midwife, Nursing Assistive Personnel, Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Certified Nurse Aides, Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary, Advanced Dental Assistant, Registered Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurses, Forensic Nurse-CSA, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Psychiatric Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, APRN - Certified Nurse Midwife, Licensed Practical Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse, Dentist, Registered Nurse, Licensed Nursing Assistant, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nursing Home Administrator, Dental Technician, Community Dental Health Coordinator, Dental Lab, Certified Nursing Assistant, Denturist, Registered Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, General Dentist, Dental Assistant Radiographer, Dental Assistant
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Course Accreditation

This course is approved for the following professions. You can get more details on each profession by clicking on it.

AchieveCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

  • Michigan Board of Pharmacy

  • Florida Board of Pharmacy



Dr. Jonas Ashbaugh earned his dental degree from the Ohio State University, after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He maintains professional memberships in the American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Southern Jacksonville Dental Society. Dr. Ashbaugh has also been awarded the Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Ashbaugh takes numerous postgraduate education courses each year and has received extensive training in sedation, occlusion and esthetic dentistry, allowing him to incorporate these treatments into his practice so he has a multitude of methods for solving complex dental problems. Most recently, Dr. Ashbaugh has completed a nine month comprehensive dental implant program through the Las Vegas Implant Maxicourse.

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Dawn O.Nutritionist
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Cristina GRegistered Nurse
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I appreciate the convenience of the course being online and accessible through my phone and that it directly reports to CEBroker to support mandated education requirements.

Allison B.Nurse Practitioner
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I really loved this information. I was hospitalized last year for almost a month and I noticed multiple medical errors (not being hooked up to my IV multiple times, given wrong medication which caused my sodium to be very low, etc.) which lengthened my stay. I can now define those exact errors and better understand what happened to me. I hate that these medical errors are so common and I appreciate how well laid out your breakdown and categorization of them was.

Ronald H.Dentist
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Enjoyed this course! It squarely met my license renewal requirement as a physician. It was well-written, and an altogether enjoyable read.


Passing Grade

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

Hardware Requirements
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Mac OS X 10.1+
  • iOS 10+
  • Android 4.3+
Software Requirements
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Network Requirements
  • Broadband Internet Connection: T1
  • Hi-speed DSL or Cable4G cellular connection
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