The Application of Group Dynamics to Preventive Dentistry,
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The purpose of the present study is to examine the problem of oral disease in the military and attempts at solution. Examples of psychological approaches include transactional communication, behavior modification, and small group training programs. The Fort Hood Prevention Program is reviewed and serves to illustrate group training of preventive dentistry staff who transferred these newly acquired psychological skills in group dynamics to their own prevention clinic programs. Review of the literature suggests that small group programs might be most effective and efficient in meeting prevention goals group programs might be most effective and efficient in meeting prevention goals of creating oral health awareness in dental patients and in providing the education and training needed for learning specific prevention techniques such as brushing and flossing. The chief advantages of the small group approach are reviewed. Implications and limitations of the study are also discussed.