Before an effective clinician/patient dialogue can take place, it is important that the dental professional feel secure about their own knowledge level regarding the etiology and interventions available for treating breath problems. A strong knowledge base enables the clinician to personalize the treatment plan to the particular problem of an individual patient and rely less on standardized techniques and “one size fits all” regimens. Furthermore, it is important to be familiar with interviewing and counseling techniques that encourage open communication, reduce anxiety, and establish rapport.
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