National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

The present study explored the effects of dental anxiety on frequency of brushing and flossing. Results indicate that dental anxiety is associated with frequency of flossing but not brushing. Dental professionals may consider implementing anxiety reducing techniques and further emphasize to patients the value of flossing on a daily basis. More

The current study examined panic symptoms related to sub-clinical dental anxiety and clinically significant dental phobia. Individuals with dental phobia exhibited higher levels of panic symptoms, particularly heart palpitations, sweating, trembling/shaking, and nausea/stomach distress. Panic symptoms may serve as clinical indicators of dental phobia and of specifically feared dental procedures. More

At baseline, we delivered Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IBM) Model-informed oral health behavior change messages to HIV-infected adults with periodontal disease. At recall, subjects self-reported making specific behavior changes; more rigorous research is presently limited by the lack of a directly observed assessment instrument to measure oral hygiene skill mastery. -Lance T. More

Melanie B. Tannenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presents her research “Do Scare Tactics Work? A Meta-Analytic Test of Fear Appeal Theories,” at the 25th APS Annual Convention in Washington, DC. Fear appeals evoke a polarizing reaction; proponents are confident in its efficacy, whereas opponents assert that ‘scare tactics’ often More

Cameron Brick presents his research on “Improving Oral Health Behavior and Message Memory: Matching Cultural Exposure and Message Frame” at the APS 25th Annual Convention in Washington, DC. Brick received one of the 2013 NIDCR “Building Bridges” APS Convention Travel Awards. Dental caries, gingivitis, and periodontitis are widespread health problems More

APS is pleased to announce the NIDCR “Building Bridges” APS Convention Travel Award given by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (part of the National Institutes of Health). This award is intended to connect two research communities that have not traditionally interacted: researchers in psychological science and researchers More