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California Smokers' Helpline: 1-800-NO-BUTTS

FREE Webinar: Tobacco Use and Oral Health: The Critical Role of Dental Professionals

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Thursday, October 26th from noon to 1 pm PST, Tobacco Use and Oral Health: The Critical Role of Dental Professionals.

Webinar Overview

Smoker-Dentist2.jpgOral diseases affect more people worldwide than any other chronic health condition of humankind. In addition to being a primary cause of major oral ailments, including oral cancer and gum disease, tobacco use disrupts nearly every facet of oral health: from taste perception, salivary flow, to the success of dental treatment.

Dental professionals are well positioned to deliver effective tobacco cessation support to their patients, yet lag behind their medical colleagues in upholding this professional responsibility.

Webinar Objectives

By the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify oral conditions affected by tobacco use, including periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer.
  2. Discuss the oral health implications of new and alternative tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, hookah, and smokeless tobacco.
  3. Discuss the role of the dental professional in tobacco prevention and cessation, including recommendations and resources for dental professionals looking to provide effective patient counseling.


Elizabeth Couch, RDH, MS | Assistant Adjunct Professor
UCSF School of Dentistry


Ms. Couch's research focuses on tobacco use in vulnerable populations and the role of dental professionals in tobacco prevention and cessation. Currently, she teaches in the Master of Science Degree Program in dental hygiene at UCSF and is the project coordinator of a longitudinal cohort study of tobacco use among adolescents in rural California. She holds an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from the Cabrillo College, a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in dental hygiene from UCSF. She currently serves on the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice advisory board and is an active member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA), the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). In addition, she practices dental hygiene part-time where she is dedicated to addressing tobacco use among her patients. 

Benjamin W. Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD | Assistant Professor
UCSF Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health


Dr. Chaffee's research interests include tobacco-related behaviors and decision-making among adolescents, in particular how the marketing and regulation of smokeless tobacco influences tobacco use and health among rural youth. He is currently the lead investigator of cohort study of California rural high school male baseball players funded through the NIH/FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science program. Other research interests include how early life circumstances impact oral health and quality of life in childhood and the implementation of risk-based, prevention-oriented dental caries management in clinical settings. Dr. Chaffee is affiliated with the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education, Global Health Sciences, the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health. He serves as Director of the UCSF School of Dentistry Program in Global Oral Health.

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