A new study out of England showed that the way health information was presented to patients, offered improved dental health. During at three month study, they compared three groups who had moderate gum disease (periodontitis). All three received a normal cleaning. The control group only received the cleaning. The second group received a report that discussed their periodontal disease risk. The final group also received their oral health report along with a goal setting program and a way to self-monitor their progress.
The results showed both interventions improved measurable oral health markers, while the control group showed no improvement. The greatest improvement came from the group that received both their oral health report and along with behavior modification recommendations. Most patients are concerned about their oral health. Giving them feedback on how their doing changed behavior. With added psychological assistance, patients received greater results. So a possible paradigm shift in how to change patient self-care could change how patients receive health information for not only oral health, but other aspects of preventative health behaviors.