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The psychology of perio patient noncompliance


Who doesn't want a compliant patient? Unfortunately, when it comes to oral healthcare, most patients do not fall into this category, making it harder to treat them effectively. For example, patient compliance to periodontal maintenance is absolutely necessary for successful long-term therapy. But absolute compliance is rare, having been reported as low as 16 percent, according to the authors of a new literature review. In fact, nearly 34 percent of patients fail to return for maintenance after completion of active therapy, the authors noted. So what is behind this trend? (May require free registration to view article.) more

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