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Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 2017 Jan;124(1):28-33. doi: 10.5177/ntvt.2017.01.16208.

[Preventive dentistry 2. The force of habit and the change to -healthy oral behaviour].

[Article in Dutch; Abstract available in Dutch from the publisher]


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In a dental practice there are several situations where a change in behaviour of a patient is desirable or even necessary. It's not easy, however, to change someone's habits that they've had for many years, because these habits often give people a comfortable feeling. Change can lead to a decrease in self-confidence, which is why people are not always inclined to change. In order to realise a change in behaviour, there has to be an intrinsic motivation. An oral healthcare professional can increase the intrinsic motivation by using -Motivational Interviewing (MI). Communicating with compassion is the -basis for cooperation between a professional and his or her patient. -Motivating a patient takes less time and increases the chance of success.

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