Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002634
Title: A short review on smoker’s melanosis
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Review Article
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    Introduction: Smoker’s melanosis is a commonly noticed black or brown pigmentation of the gingiva and the surrounding oral tissues. Since smoking is a hazard to health, smoker’s melanosis stems from a cause that must be eradicated at all costs. Thus, this review aims to analyze the nature of smoker’s melanosis and to act as a subtle awareness to not consume tobacco. Other than the chemicals found in tobacco, some antimalarial drugs can also cause an oral pigmentation. Materials and Methods: A total of 226 articles were identified through database search engines. Additional articles that were not found on bibliographic information centers like MedLine were not included in the study. Conclusion: The need of the hour is the education of the patient - the victim must be fully equipped with the knowledge of how to overcome it and the proper motivation to stop smoking must be channeled into him/her. Smoker’s melanosis is largely prevalent in India and is a major threat to the sensitive tissues of the oral cavity and so the public must be warned beforehand to stop indulging in such harmful practices. Help in the form of counseling and rehabilitation is available and everyone must be encouraged to approach these centers in times of need and weakness.

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    Sathvika Kanagaraj 1 , Thenmozhi M S2 *

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    1 Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Thenmozhi M S, Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Sathvika Kanagaraj 1 , Thenmozhi M S2 *

    Title:A short review on smoker’s melanosis
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (December)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (2338-2341)
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    Methodology:Database search engines
    Research Materials:Nicotine

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Melanosis gingivae Nicotine Smoker’s melanosis Smoking Tabaco

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