To establish a uniform method of determining dental team members' involvement in tobacco prevention and cessation, the National Cancer Institute developed assessment guidelines. The Minnesota Department of Health, Dental Health Program, was named to design and implement the first major study using these guidelines. Study results show most Minnesota dentists and staffs have not received formal training, but want to learn how to help their patients.
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