BeSiDe time to move behavior support in dentistry from an art to a science: A position paper from the BeSiDe (Behavior Support in Dentistry) Group

Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig (Lead / Corresponding author), Tim Newton, Blánaid Daly, Jacobo Limeres Posse, Marie Therese Hosey, Carilynne Yarascavitch, Yvonne MacAuley, Heather Buchanan, June Nunn, Ruth Freeman, Chris Stirling, Olive Healy, Koula Asimakopoulou

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Abstract

Aims: To share the need for agreement in terminology around how people are supported to receive dental care.

Method: In this position paper, we make the case for a shift in behavior support in dentistry from an art to a science.

Results: We outline why we need agreement on the definition of behavior support across dentistry, agreement on underlying theory, aims and values, and why we need agreement on terms for specific techniques.

Conclusions: We share how patients and dental teams can benefit through better science, education and practice of dental behaviour support.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalSpecial Care in Dentistry
Early online date29 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • behavior management
  • hospital dentistry
  • pediatric dentistry

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