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Jan
11

Finding Balance: Dr. Kutsch’s Caries Protocols for Low, Moderate and High Risk Patients

written by CariFree

My approach to talking to patients about their dental health has changed dramatically over time. I have moved away from telling patients what they ‘have’ to letting them know ‘what I find’. It has made all the difference in the world. Specifically, when discussing caries risk, I have adopted the scripted statements and questions below: […]

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Category: Education
Jan
3

How to Work with Stubborn Patient Behaviors and Get Positive Results

written by CariFree

We know counseling patients can be challenging. Today we offer a few reasons why it can be so hard, and a few strategies that work to help patients really make change. One of the greatest forces working against us (and our patients) is called proactive interference. Old habits are a significant force keeping us from […]

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Category: Education
Dec
20

Wellness Coaching: Part 1

written by CariFree

  Behavior change is tricky. Telling patients or showing them HOW to do something will not actually make them change. So, I went through a 2-year course on wellness coaching. Wellness Coaching helps the patient understand why they have a problem and empowers them to do something about it. Wellness Coaching helps the patient develop […]

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Category: Education
Mar
19

Bob Newhart’s Theory of Behavior Change

written by CariFree

  A few months ago, Dr. Bill Wathan brought up an important conundrum we as dental providers face: If the concept of¬†preventive oral health has been around for thousands of years, and if it is common knowledge practicing good oral health is the right thing to do- why don’t more people do it?¬†We speak with […]

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