Dietary analysis and nutritional counselling for caries prevention in dental practise: a pilot study
AuthorHayes, MJ; Cheng, B; Musolino, R; Rogers, AA
Source TitleAustralian Dental Journal
AffiliationMelbourne Dental School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHayes, M. J., Cheng, B., Musolino, R. & Rogers, A. A. (2017). Dietary analysis and nutritional counselling for caries prevention in dental practise: a pilot study. AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL, 62 (4), pp.485-492. https://doi.org/10.1111/adj.12524.
Access StatusOpen Access
BACKGROUND: Dental practitioners agree that dietary counselling is essential for caries prevention; however, they provide advice infrequently due to a lack of confidence and competence. This study aimed to improve practises through an online training module exploring the use of a brief counselling method, and a diet assessment of caries risk form. METHODS: Dental practitioners (N = 41) completed a survey on current practises and confidence in providing dietary advice, followed by an online training module. Ten practitioners were involved in recruiting patients, eliciting a diet assessment of caries risk, and using brief counselling techniques with these patients. Patients were followed up at 6 months for a risk assessment review. Dental practitioners also completed a 6-month follow-up survey exploring changes in confidence and perceived barriers. RESULTS: Dental hygienists' confidence improved significantly following the intervention (P < 0.025). Patients showed a significant reduction in high-risk behaviour pertaining to quantity and timing of sugar intake, and significant trends in improvement of behaviours relating to frequency, exposure time and drinking style (P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: It appears that a simple online learning module can improve hygienists' confidence in dietary advice provision, and have a positive impact on patient behaviour change, within a relatively short time-frame.
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