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Individualized oral instructions can improve oral hygiene


Effective oral hygiene can be a major factor in preventing periodontal disease, but patient compliance can be a challenge. Now a new study that compared the effectiveness of written, oral standardized, and oral individualized instructions in reducing gingivitis has found that the most effective of the three techniques was oral individualized instruction. "We decided to conduct this research because there was no research to prove the efficacy of skills training without any further motivational input," lead author Renate Deinzer, Ph.D., told "We also wanted to test the relative efficacy of differing teaching methods." (May require free registration to view article.) more

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