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GERODONTOLOGY Behaviors Research has identified behaviors, which are associated with better oral health. Thompson found that “routine dental attendance” (dental visits) “is associated with better oral health”. Researchers have identified the effect of health beliefs on periodontal maintenance behavior (7). There are multiple studies showing that patient compliance with routine periodontal maintenance treatments prevent the loss of teeth from periodontal disease (8, 9, 10, 11, 12). Fisher (13) found that both non-smokers and smokers could be maintained if they were “highly motivated.” Health care “habits” or frequency of brushing have a positive correlation with tooth retention (14, 15). Bernabe (16) describes a Sense of Coherence (SOC) in health related behaviors: dental attendance, tooth-brushin