Article: Volume 46 Number 7 Page 654 - July/August 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 654-661

Dental public health:  A Pilot Study to Investigate the Dental Team’s Awareness and Confidence in Advising Patients with Regards to Shisha Smoking

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Abstract: Water pipe smoking (‘shisha’) is a form of tobacco which has become increasingly popular in the UK, despite its harmful effects. The dental team has a responsibility to be aware of trends in tobacco usage as we become more actively involved in offering smoking cessation advice to patients, an area of prevention highlighted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in their recommendations for oral health promotion in general dental practice. In this study, students and qualified members of the dental team completed a questionnaire to ascertain their level of knowledge about shisha smoking and its effects, as well as their confidence in advising patients. It was established that there is a lack of awareness and confidence amongst the dental team and an update in training is needed.

Clinical relevance: Smoking cessation training must be reviewed and appropriately updated to include shisha smoking so that the dental team can be confident in correctly advising patients about the habit.

Author notes: Anum Noor, BDS(Birm), General Dental Practitioner, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham (Email:, Fahmida Jahan, BDS(Birm), General Dental Practitioner, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, Bilal Ahmed, BDS, DDPH, MSc, MFDS, Specialist in Oral Surgery, Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham and Deborah White, PhD, MCDH, DDPHRCS, BDS, Emeritus Professor in Dental Public Health, College of Dental and Medical Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Objective: To evaluate the level of knowledge with regards to shisha smoking amongst dental students and qualified staff at Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry.