Motivational Interviewing in Pediatric Dentistry: Role in Behavior Management

JOURNAL TITLE: Journal of South Asian Association of Pediatric Dentistry

1. Sonu Acharya
Publishing Year
Author Affiliations
    1. Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
  • Article keywords
    Behavior, Behavior change theory, Motivational interviewing, Pediatric dentistry


    There is a rise in demand for pediatric dentists in pediatric settings to look into not only the physical but also the psychological health of their child and adolescent patients. Brief interventions (BIs), and in particular motivational interviewing (MI), offers an ideal means of changing behavioral, developmental and social problems within the scenario of dental practice in pedodontics. Motivational interviewing is a well-established and tested method of counseling made by Miller and Rollnick and thought of as a useful modification strategy in treatment of lifestyle diseases. This makes the patients motivated and helps them to the process of change. Once the healthier behavior is learned, it can increase or decrease the likelihood for sustained behavior change. Motivational interviewing is a psychological instrument developed in recent times with main objective of providing patients, including children with low motivation to achieve and retain behavioral changes. Motivational interviewing can be used in pedodontics for increased capability in proper brushing, flossing, and application of fluoride varnish. Thus, this review is aimed to know the role of MI in pediatric dentistry as a whole.

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