Forming a flossing habit: An exploratory study of the psychological determinants of habit formation
Friday Mar 12th, 2021
Turning an activity into a habit is a challenging task, and one that
dental professionals constantly struggle with. Getting patients to floss and
brush regularly is part of their job, and insight into how best to do this is
highly valued. The study below shows that those who value flossing and have
more positive values towards it will be more likely to floss after an
intervention, and floss more frequently in the long term. Those patients who
decide to floss after brushing also showed better flossing habits long term
compared to those who flossed before.
Take Home Message: Introduce flossing into your nighttime routine after
brushing your teeth and be sure to encourage flossing as a positive habit
with those around you. Always refer back to your dental professional for
more tips on the best oral hygiene routine.
Source: Judah, G., Gardner, B., Aunger, R. (2013) Forming a flossing habit:
An exploratory study of the psychological determinants of habit formation.
British Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 338-353.
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