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Promoting the Oral Health of Children: Theory & Practice; Communication Skills for Dental Health Care Providers

AUBREY SHEIHAM

SAMUEL JORGE MOYSES
RICHARD G. WATT
MARCELO BONECKER

2nd edition. 450 pages. $110. 2014.
Quintessence Publishing Co., Inc.,
4350 Chandler Drive, Hanover, Park, IL 60133. (800) 621-0387;
www.quintpub.com.

This expanded second edition, written by experts in dental public health and pediatric dentistry, discusses children's oral health within the overall context of health promotion. It provides useful tactics for preventing the oral-health problems that most commonly affect children, including chapters on epidemiology, methods for reducing oral-health inequalities, development of proper oral-health behaviors, public policies for healthy eating, oral-health education, and more. Each chapter is thoroughly referenced and delivers information in a variety of formats: graphs, tables, infographics, and photos. Helpful summaries and concluding statements are also provided, making it easy to focus on the key elements of each chapter. This book will be of value not only to dental public-health specialists, but to all dentists and their staff members.

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352 pages. $78. 2015.
Quintessence Publishing Co., Inc.,
4350 Chandler Drive, Hanover, Park, IL 60133. (800) 621-0387;
www.quintpub.com.

This textbook provides strategies to improve communication between the patient and every member of the dental team. It has four parts, focusing on fundamental communication skills, specific interaction skills, communication during each stage of a typical appointment, and challenging situations. Descriptions of common ethical dilemmas allow the reader to consider how to respond to them before they occur. Included throughout the book are exercises, discussion topics, and self-tests; a checklist in each chapter summarizes the authors' recommendations. The skills and strategies outlined in this book will help any practice in obtaining more accurate patient information during examinations and procedures, as well as in conducting more effective case presentations.

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