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Randomized controlled trial of a one-minute intervention changing oral self-care behavior

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Falko Sniehotta, Professor Vera Araujo-SoaresORCiD, Dr Stephan Dombrowski


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Non-compliance with oral self-care recommendations, despite education and motivation, is a major problem in preventive dentistry. Forming concrete if-then action plans has been successful in changing self-care behavior in other areas of preventive medicine. This is the first trial to test the effects of a brief planning intervention on interdental hygiene behavior. Two hundred thirty-nine participants received a packet of floss, information, and a flossing guide. They were randomly assigned to a control or an intervention group. The intervention took 1.16 minutes and consisted of forming a concrete plan of where, when, and how to floss. Baseline measures and two-week and two-month follow-ups included self-report, residual floss, and theory of planned behavior variables. The intervention significantly affected flossing in that group at two-week and two-month follow-ups, as compared with the control group. This study provides evidence for the effects of a concise intervention on oral self-care behavior.

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Author(s): Sniehotta FF, Soares VA, Dombrowski SU

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Dental Research

Year: 2007

Volume: 86

Issue: 7

Pages: 641-645

Print publication date: 01/01/2007

ISSN (print): 0022-0345

ISSN (electronic): 1544-0591

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/154405910708600711


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