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Changing dietary behavior

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Amelia Lake


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A visit to the dental office could be interpreted as an opportunity to provide patients with dietary advice and encourage change in behavior. Rising rates of obesity and chronic noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, dental caries, and some kinds of cancers, including oral cancer, have been directly related to diet and lifestyle patterns. Helping people to change their diet and lifestyle requires skills to change their everyday behaviors. The majority of patients do not comply with clinicians’ suggestions to change their diet and lifestyle, especially when an advice-giving approach is used. However, dietary advice in the dental setting need not take a didactic approach, and motivating and facilitating dietary change should be an important role of the dental health professional. Using effective interpersonal skills can result in improved patient satisfaction, while non-effective communication usually results in barriers to behavior change.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lake AA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Quintessence International

Year: 2006

Volume: 37

Issue: 10

Pages: 788-791

Print publication date: 01/11/2006

Date deposited: 07/12/2009

ISSN (print): 0033-6572

ISSN (electronic): 1936-7163

Publisher: Quintessence Publishing Co., Inc.