The role of self-administered plaque control in the management of periodontal diseases: 2. Motivation, techniques and assessment

Dent Update. 2003 Apr;30(3):110-6. doi: 10.12968/denu.2003.30.3.110.


The delivery of oral hygiene advice is a crucial component of the management of patients susceptible to periodontal disease. However, the complexity of the issues surrounding such advice is frequently underestimated. It is not simply a question of manual dexterity; many factors influence compliance and motivation, including lifestyle, beliefs, attitude and understanding, and such factors need to be taken into account in order to effect permanent change in a patient's habits. This article reviews these issues and examines oral hygiene techniques and methods of assessment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Dental Devices, Home Care
  • Dental Plaque / prevention & control*
  • Health Education, Dental / methods*
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Oral Hygiene / education*
  • Oral Hygiene / instrumentation
  • Oral Hygiene / methods
  • Oral Hygiene / psychology
  • Oral Hygiene / statistics & numerical data*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods
  • Patient Compliance
  • Self Care