It is acknowledged that patient behaviour can impact oral health outcomes and, given the recent and ongoing dental landscape, patients have had to take even more responsibility for their own health. This, in turn, has created increased opportunities for engagement around oral health behaviour change. Dental hygienists are often on the front lines helping patients manage this behaviour change so understanding the mechanisms underpinning behaviour change is essential for success.
Oral health behaviour change is gaining momentum with a number of established behaviour change theories, frameworks and techniques. As in other health disciplines, within oral health, connected technologies can act as drivers to support and sustain changes in behaviours. With a variety of technologies on hand, the application of behaviour change theories, frameworks and techniques through the lens of connected technologies in increasing patient motivation for improved oral health will be discussed.
Connected technologies transform oral and overall health by helping to improve clinical outcomes and deliver personalised experiences. These technologies can enhance our understanding of clinical and patient-reported outcomes in the area of oral health improvement and personalized prevention.
This session will conclude with a forward-look to the future of connected oral health and the emerging opportunities in areas such as the triangulation of oral health data with other health metrics, the relationship between oral-systemic health and the drive to elevate oral health as an essential part of health and wellbeing. It will be discussed how hygienists can play a key role in behaviour change and adoption of connected technologies.
Funding for this session is supported by Colgate-Palmolive.