Ray Croucher PhD
Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health, Dept. of Dental Public Health, St. Bartholmew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London.
Gerry Kent PhD Dip. Clin. Psychol.
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Sheffield, UK
'The Psychology of Dental Care: Achieving Oral Health' is now in its third edition having been extensively revised. This well-established book provides an excellent introduction to the understanding of the role and importance of psychology in dentistry for undergraduate dental students.
Personal communication between dentist and patient is of primary importance in dental practice. Dentist-patient relationships can present problems when patients are nervous or require particular forms of care and it is important for students to become aware of the views and expectations of each individual.
'The Psychology of Dental Care: Achieving Oral Health' provides the means to understand, prevent and treat many of the difficulties encountered by dentists. It describes the principles of psychology and sociology applied to dental practice, giving specific guidelines on the most effective way to deal with psychological problems, such as anxiety and pain.
This new edition places more emphasis on the link between the sociological and psychological aspects of care related to public health and health promotion concerns. Awareness of these issues continues to increase in line with growing research output, and their importance is stressed in current General Dental Council Recommendations for the dental undergraduate curriculum. The subsequent surge in interest and understanding of the issues involved in dental anxiety, preventive health care, dentist-patient relationships and the care of specific patient groups means that an updated text covering these areas is extremely timely. An appendix on 'Conducting a Research Project' has also been added.
CONTENTS: Foreword (Professor F C Smales); Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Challenges for modern dentistry; 2. The social context of oral health; 3. Lay and professional contributions to oral health; 4. Helping patients achieve oral health; 5. The nature and causes of anxiety; 6. Alleviating anxiety; 7. Pain; 8. Special groups; 9. Communication and consent in dental practice; Bibliography; Index.
Readership: 1. Undergraduate dental students; 2. Dental practitioners.