Psychological Consultation in Preventive Dentistry,
DARNALL ARMY HOSPITAL FORT HOOD TX
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In its efforts to be more successful in helping patients to attain and maintain oral health, the dental profession has begun looking to the behavioral sciences for help. In the military, especially with its shortage of health care professionals, dentists have begun to focus their attention on preventing oral disease in much the same way as behavioral scientists have turned toward a primary prevention model. Dentists have come to realize that findings from the social sciences, especially psychology, can be applied to train and motivate patients to greater oral health care procedures. For example, dentists are now using behavior modification strategies, principles of motivational psychology, and group training programs in working with patients Durlak and Levine, 1975.