Behavioral Dentistry / Edition 1

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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


Dr. David I. Mostofsky earned his doctorate in experimental psychology from Boston University. He is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Experimental Behavioral Medicine at Boston University.

Dr. Farida Fortune is Professor of Medicine in Relation to Oral Health, Dean for Dentistry, Director of Institute of Dentistry, Head of Clinical and Diagnostic Oral Sciences at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

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Table of Contents

1 The oral and craniofacial area and interpersonal attraction 3
2 Oral health and quality of life 19
3 Stress and inflammation : a bidirectional relationship 29
4 Saliva in health and disease 37
5 Biofeedback in the treatment of myofascial pain disorder and temporomandibular joint pain 51
6 Hypnosis in dentistry 65
7 Emotional and environmental determinants of dental pain 79
8 Chronic orofacial pain : biobehavioral perspectives 99
9 Chairside techniques for reducing dental fear 115
10 Bruxism 127
11 Stress, coping, and periodontal disease 139
12 Health behavior and helping patients change 149
13 Behavior management in dentistry : thumb sucking 163
14 Management of children's disruptive behavior during dental treatment 175
15 Nonpharmacological approaches to managing pain and anxiety 189
16 Self-efficacy perceptions in oral health behavior 203
17 Behavioral issues in geriatric dentistry 213
18 Oral health promotion with people with special needs 231
19 Health behavior and dental care of diabetics 243
20 Interpersonal communication training in dental education 255
21 Community health promotion 265
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