Changing dietary behavior

Lake, Amelia (2006) Changing dietary behavior. Quintessence International, 37 (10). pp. 788-791. ISSN 0033-6572

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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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B400 Nutrition
B600 Aural and Oral Sciences
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 08:44
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 17:30

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