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Behavioral Dentistry, 2nd Edition

Behavioral Dentistry, 2nd Edition

David I. Mostofsky, Farida Fortune

ISBN: 978-1-118-27206-0

Dec 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

432 pages

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Behavioral Dentistry, Second Edition, surveys the vast and absorbing topic of the role of behavioral science in the study and clinical practice of dentistry. An understanding of social sciences has long been a central part of dental education, and essential for developing a clinician’s appreciation of human behavior as it affects efficient dental treatment. This book gathers together contributions from leading experts in each of the major subspecialties of behavioral dentistry. Its aim is not merely to provide the student and clinician with a comprehensive review of the impressive literature or discussion of the theoretical background to the subject, but also with a practical guide to adapting the latest techniques and protocols and applying them to day-to-day clinical practice.

This second edition of Behavioral Dentistry discusses biobehavioral processes, including the psychobiology of inflammation and pain, oral health and quality of life, saliva health, and hypnosis in dentistry. The book goes on to examine anxiety, fear, and dental and chronic orofacial pain, and then reviews techniques for designing and managing behavior change. It concludes with a section on professional practice, including care of special needs, geriatric, and diabetic patients, and interpersonal communication in dental education.

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Contributors ix

Foreword xiii
Henrietta L. Logan

Preface xv
David I. Mostofsky and Farida Fortune

Part I Biobehavioral Processes 1

1 Cultural Issues in Dental Education 3
Vishal R. Aggarwal and Farida Fortune

2 Oral Health and Quality of Life 11
Marita R. Inglehart

3 Stress and Inflammation 27
Annsofi Johannsen and Anders Gustafsson

4 Saliva in Health and Disease 37
Mahvash Navazesh

5 Surface EMG Biofeedback in Assessment and Functional Muscle Reeducation 49
Bruce Mehler

6 Hypnosis in Dentistry 75
Bruce Peltier

Part II Anxiety, Fear, and Pain 87

7 Environmental, Emotional, and Cognitive Determinants of Dental Pain 89
Daniel W. McNeil, Alison M. Vargovich, John T. Sorrell, and Kevin E. Vowles

8 Cosmetic Dentistry: Concerns with Facial Appearance and Body Dysmorphic Disorder 109
Ad De Jongh

9 Chronic Orofacial Pain: Biobehavioral Perspectives 121
Samuel F. Dworkin and Richard Ohrbach

10 Chairside Techniques for Reducing Dental Fear 141
Ronald W. Botto, Evelyn Donate-Bartfi eld, and Patricia Nihill

11 Sleep and Awake Bruxism 153
Alan G. Glaros and Cody Hanson

12 Dental Fear and Anxiety Associated with Oral Health Care: Conceptual and Clinical Issues 165
Daniel W. McNeil and Cameron L. Randall

Part III Changing Behaviors 193

13 Behavior Management in Dentistry: Thumb Sucking 195
Raymond G. Miltenberger and John T. Rapp

14 Management of Children’s Distress and Disruptions during Dental Treatment 209
Keith D. Allen and Dustin P. Wallace

15 Stress, Coping, and Periodontal Disease 227
Gernot Wimmer and Walther Wegscheider

16 Self-Effi cacy Perceptions in Oral Health Behavior 237
Anna-Maija Syrjälä

17 Drooling and Tongue Protrusion 251
Jan J. W. Van der Burg, Robert Didden, and Giulio E. Lancioni

Part IV Professional Practice 265

18 Listening 267
Bruce Peltier

19 Interpersonal Communication Training in Dental Education 283
Toshiko Yoshida and Kazuhiko Fujisaki

20 Biopsychosocial Considerations in Geriatric Dentistry 293
Georgia Dounis and David Cappelli

21 Health Behavior and Dental Care of Diabetics 323
Mirka C. Niskanen and Matti L. E. Knuuttila

22 Oral Health Promotion with People with Special Needs 337
Paul Glassman

23 The Use of Humor in Pediatric Dentistry 349
Ari Kupietzky and Joseph Shapira

24 Work Stress, Burnout Risk, and Engagement in Dental Practice 363
Ronald C. Gorter

25 Role of Dentists as Oral Physicians in Physical and Mental Health 373
Donald B. Giddon and Ruth Hertzman-Miller

Appendix Brief Relaxation Training Procedure for Use in Dentistry 389
Ronald W. Botto

Index 397

“An interesting read and a must-read for undergraduates needing to know more about behaviour techniques. For the established practitioner, if there are certain patient groups you see with behavioural quirks you wish to know more about, most likely this book will cover it.”  (British Dental Journal, 11 July 2014)


  • Surveys all key sub-specialties within one comprehensive text
  • Balances theory with practical guidelines for clinical setting
  • Features both existing and recently developed techniques in behavioral dentistry
  • Editors and contributors provide an international and interdisciplinary perspective