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Behavioral Dentistry, Second Edition, surveys the vast and absorbing topic of the role of behavioral science in the study and clinical practice of dentistry. An understanding of social sciences has long been a central part of dental education, and essential for developing a clinician’s appreciation of human behavior as it affects efficient dental treatment. This book gathers together contributions from leading experts in each of the major subspecialties of behavioral dentistry. Its aim is not merely to provide the student and clinician with a comprehensive review of the impressive literature or discussion of the theoretical background to the subject, but also with a practical guide to adapting the latest techniques and protocols and applying them to day-to-day clinical practice.

This second edition of Behavioral Dentistry discusses biobehavioral processes, including the psychobiology of inflammation and pain, oral health and quality of life, saliva health, and hypnosis in dentistry. The book goes on to examine anxiety, fear, and dental and chronic orofacial pain, and then reviews techniques for designing and managing behavior change. It concludes with a section on professional practice, including care of special needs, geriatric, and diabetic patients, and interpersonal communication in dental education.

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“An interesting read and a must-read for undergraduates needing to know more about behaviour techniques. For the established practitioner, if there are certain patient groups you see with behavioural quirks you wish to know more about, most likely this book will cover it.” (British Dental Journal, 11 July 2014)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813812137
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

David I. Mostofsky, PhD, earned his doctorate in experimental psychology from Boston University. He developed a research interest in behavior as it relates to dentists and their patients. He is currently Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Experimental Behavioral Medicine at Boston University. He is on the medical staff of Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. He is on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Albert G. Forgione, PhD, earned his doctorate in psychology at Boston University. He is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is Professor and Head of the Clinical Research Section at the Craniomandibular Pain Center at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. His research interests include phobias, hypnosis, and behavior modification. He has been consultant for several Fortune 500 companies including the psychology of air travel for Boeing. He is a member of Behavioral Scientists in Dentistry of the International Association of Dental Research.

Donald B. Giddon, DMD, PhD, licensed psychologist and licensed dentist, is Professor of Developmental Biology at Harvard University, with hospital appointments at Brigham and Women's Hospital and New York University Medical Center. Dr. Giddon is founder and former president of the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Group. Dr. Giddon currently also serves as Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and Clinical Professor of Community Health at the Brown University Medical School and New York University where he has served as Professor and Dean of the School of Dentistry.

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Table of Contents



Section I: Biobehavioral Processes.

Chapter 1. The role of oral and craniofacial appearance in interpersonal attraction. (Giddon).

Chapter 2. Quality of life in oral health (Inglehart).

Chapter 3. The impact of stress on inflammatory processes - (Amar).

Chapter 4. Saliva in health and disease - (Navazesh).

Chapter 5. Biofeedback and dentistry: Past, Present and Future- (Forgione).

Chapter 6. Hypnosis in dentistry - (Peltier).

Section II: Anxiety, Fear, and Pain.

Chapter 7. Environmental & emotional determinants of dental pain -( McNeil et al).

Chapter 8. Temperomandibular disorders- (Dworkin).

Chapter 9. Chairside techniques for reducing dental fear - (Botto).

Chapter 10. Bruxism - (Glaros).

Chapter 11. Stress, coping, and periodontal disease - (Wimmer).

Chapter 12. Influencing patient behavior: education, compliance, & motivational interviewing -(Koerber).

Section III: Changing Behaviors.

Chapter 13. Behavior management in dentistry: Thumbsucking- (Miltenberger).

Chapter 14. Managing disruptive behavior- (Allen).

Chapter 15. Non pharmacological approaches to managing pain & anxiety -Hittelman).

Chapter 16. Self efficacy perceptions in oral health behavior - (Syrjälä).

Chapter 17. Geriatric dentistry- (Riley).

Section IV: Professional Practice.

Chapter 18. Oral health promotion with special need patients- (Glassman).

Chapter 19. Behavioral factors in oral health in diabetic patients- (Niskanen).

Chapter 20. Interpersonal communication training in dental education - Yoshida).

Chapter 21. Community health promotion - (Croucher).


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