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Article: Volume 44 Number 4 Page 353 - April 2017

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General Dental practice:  Dietary Advice - Getting the Message Across

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Abstract: Providing dietary advice to our patients forms the cornerstone of prevention for many dental diseases. However, simply prescribing information is unlikely to bring about long-term behavioural change. This article explores the theory of health behaviour as well as ways in which we can ‘get the message across’.

Clinical relevance: Prescriptive approaches to behaviour changes can be considered inconsistent and ineffective. This article explores more patient-centred methods of inducing behaviour change with regard to dietary advice in the general dental practice setting.

Author notes: Devan Raindi, BDS(Hons), MJDF RCS(Eng) and Peter Thornley, BDS, MFGDP, MGDS, FFGDP, FDS, MMedEd, General Dental Practitioner, Walmley Dental Practice, 1-2 Walmley Chambers, 3 Walmley Close, Sutton Coldfield B76 1NQ, UK

Objective: To explore some models of behaviour change to exemplify the principles of basic health psychology and assist the GDP in delivering effective dietary advice.