Title: A Little Bit of Psychology
Oral hygiene plays a key role in the service life of prosthetic restorations. There have been several studies on oral hygiene habits of patients with fixed/removable partial denture, complete denture and implant retained restorations. According to results of these studies, oral hygiene knowledge is not enough to maintain satisfactory oral hygiene behavior. Social-psychological theories of behavior might help understanding why and how behavior change occurs and what the factors and conditions are that drive behaviors. The theories of behavioral change will be explained and which model of behavioral change might be useful to improve oral health behaviors will be discussed.