How Mobile Technologies Can Change the Way We Interact with Our Patients
COURSE NUMBER: 602
Mário Rui Araujo, PhD, M. Psych, BSDH
Despite evidence on the benefits of controlling dental biofilm for oral health, patients have difficulty complying. The use of mobile technologies seems to be useful in enhancing communication and collaboration between patients and oral hea...
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Despite evidence on the benefits of controlling dental biofilm for oral health, patients have difficulty complying. The use of mobile technologies seems to be useful in enhancing communication and collaboration between patients and oral health professionals so that patients’ dental hygiene behaviors are increased.
Mechanical control of biofilm is the primary therapeutic strategy for preventing periodontal diseases. Despite controlling dental biofilm being of paramount importance for preventing the most prevalent oral diseases and to maintain treatments, patients have difficulty adhering.
It is known that people thrive on novelty and challenge, seeking new experiences, stimulating activities, and fresh ideas. Under most theories of motivation, the curiosity that results is an approach-oriented motivational state that impels people to explore, learn, and get involved in an interesting event. Another hallmark of human motivation is a personal sense of control, a perceived self-efficacy that results from optimistic beliefs in one’s own capacity to meet a challenge. These beliefs influence readiness and motivation to initiate behavior and expend effort, which is particularly important when approaching novel situations, such as using mHealth technologies in the oral health appointment; these beliefs ultimately make dental hygiene seem easier.
Consciousness-raising for health behavior may be facilitated by mobile digital technologies (mHealth) which provides the opportunity to display habit-disrupting cues such as apps, games, curiosity, and push messages. mHealth devices may offer such an opportunity by keeping a goal salient in working memory or by bringing the goal back to working memory at an appropriate time. Moreover, mHealth technologies can foster social support mechanisms, facilitating the creation of an authentic bond and rapport between the patient and the oral health professional and thereby supporting behavioral maintenance.
Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dentists
Date Course Online:
Sep 14, 2020
Last Revision Date:
Course Expiration Date:
Sep 13, 2023
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Discuss the role of dental biofilm control on oral health.
- Discuss the role of behavior modification strategies in oral health.
- Discuss the role of communication in changing oral health behaviors.
- Evaluate the possible implementation of using mobile technologies in the oral health profession.
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- Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.
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