Podcast: Vaping and what dental assistants need to know

Sept. 19, 2019
Vaping is one of the most discussed topics of 2019. In this new podcast, Kevin Henry talks with Tom Viola, RPh, CCP, about what dental assistants can do to help tackle the problem.
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Vaping is one of the most discussed topics of 2019. Recent news on the subject includes illnesses linked to vaping, as well as the White House reportedly that’s looking at heavily restricting how consumers can get their hands on vaping supplies.

But what does all of this mean for dental practices? How does this impact the conversations that could and should be had with patients about vaping and its consequences? These are just some of the questions we asked one of the industry’s experts on the topic.

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Tom Viola, RPh, CCP, a frequent contributor to and Dental Assisting Digest. During our talk, we talked about vaping and some of the more recent news on the subject, as well as how dental professionals should be tackling the topic with their patients.

These conversations are certainly not easy to have with your patients. However, they are necessary. We know the connection between oral health and overall health, and we know that vaping has an impact on oral and overall health.

Here are some recent articles on DentistryIQ discussing the effects of vaping on oral health, including the first one, which was written by Viola.

‘Fine, I’ll just vape without the nicotine.’ Not so fast! E-cig flavorings may cause damage all by themselves
Current trends in vaping: An exclusive interview with Dr. Larry Williams
Vaping and oral health: Bringing the facts to patients

The talk that Viola and I had was recorded as a part of the Dental Assistant Nation podcast series, powered by IgniteDA. It’s part of our ongoing efforts to empower, enlighten, and educate dental assistants on current topics of importance to them and their patients.

Click below to listen to the podcast, and let it be a conversation starter for you and your colleagues on what questions need to be asked and what topics need to be addressed with your patients. The podcast is just under 14 minutes as we tried to keep it short in respect of your time while still packing it full of information that could be beneficial for you and your practice.


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