King's College London

Research portal

BeSiDe time to move behavior support in dentistry from an art to a science: A position paper from the BeSiDe (Behavior Support in Dentistry) Group

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig, Tim Newton, Blánaid Daly, Jacobo Limeres Posse, Marie Therese Hosey, Carilynne Yarascavitch, Yvonne MacAuley, Heather Buchanan, June Nunn, Ruth Freeman, Chris Stirling, Olive Healy, Koula Asimakopoulou

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-31
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jul 2021
Accepted/In press2021
E-pub ahead of print29 Jul 2021
Published1 Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: Open access funding provided by IReL. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 The Authors. Special Care in Dentistry published by Special Care Dentistry Association and Wiley Periodicals LLC

King's Authors


Aims: To share the need for agreement in terminology around how people are supported to receive dental care. Method: In this position paper, we make the case for a shift in behavior support in dentistry from an art to a science. Results: We outline why we need agreement on the definition of behavior support across dentistry, agreement on underlying theory, aims and values, and why we need agreement on terms for specific techniques. Conclusions: We share how patients and dental teams can benefit through better science, education and practice of dental behaviour support.

View graph of relations

© 2020 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454