It can be very difficult to change our behaviours - once we have established routines it can be hard to make changes and stick to them for a sustained period of time. This is clear when you consider that an estimated 85% of people who made New Year's Resolutions in January, have already broken them.
As a dental professional, half the battle we face is encouraging patient compliance. Modern clinical techniques, dental instruments and cutting-edge technologies enable an outstanding level of quality in all treatments we provide, so that we can achieve optimum functionality and aesthetics in everything we do. These results can only be retained, however, if patients understand the importance of continued oral care and
Patient education plays a huge role in raising awareness of the on-going care necessary, but traditional approaches are largely ineffective and suboptimal adherence to good oral health routines remains a significant barrier to the control of oral diseases. We are, after all, attempting to change a patient's behaviours, and the need for new interventions that address personal motivations has become clear.