Evaluating dietary intake in dental practices Doing it right

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Background. In three separate scenarios, the authors illustrate dietary assessment evaluations completed in dental settings by oral health care professionals (OHCPs) using time-efficient guidelines and targeted realistic patient education messages.Conclusions. Patients' responses to key questions can provide OHCPs with a road map for conducting dietary assessments and evaluations, selecting specific assessment approaches, and developing targeted patient nutrition and oral health education messages.Clinical Implications. To individualize and enhance comprehensive patient care, OHCPs can conduct dietary assessments, evaluate results, refer patients when indicated, and provide patient nutrition and oral health education.

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