Rhetorical Analysis About Toothbrushing In Dental Patients

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Rhetorical Analysis Although many scientific research reports and articles have been written, not all of them are rhetorically effective. In order for a research article to be effective, the authors should follow the IMRAD structure properly, address the intended audience correctly, provide a subject that has a purpose, and have a publisher that is well known or respected who can create credibility. In the article, “Self-efficacy and Oral Hygiene Beliefs about Toothbrushing in Dental Patients: A Model-guided Study,” Fotios Anagnostopoulos, Heather Buchanan, Sofia Frousiounioti, Dimtris Niakas, and Gregory Potamianos write extensively about their research on psychological variables related to oral hygiene behavior. The study investigated “the…show more content…
In this article, the authors research the relation of psychology and dental hygiene. The authors suggest that the research reported in this article is important because oral health is essential for general health and well-being as well as an improved quality of life (Anagnostopoulos et al., 2011, p. 132). Most of the topics in this article are fairly specialized, especially in the discussion of dental health. For instance, Anagnostopoulos et al. (2011) writes, “Accumulation of dental plaque and a change in the microflora may cause gingival inflammation, which in turn may progress to chronic periodontitis and tooth loss” (p. 133). This indicates the topic is specialized and the audience should have knowledge of dentistry. The overall purpose of this article is to promote further research and create a paradigm shift. The authors directly state that further research is required to investigate the roles of other types of self-efficacy and for using the proper brushing method and technique (Anagnostopoulos et al., p. 138). An attempt to create a paradigm shift is also evident in this article because the authors discuss strategies for dentists to implement interventions targeting self-efficacy and perceived severity (Anagnostopoulos et al., p. 138). The author’s use of a relevant and purposeful subject makes this article very…show more content…
The authors of this article employ the use of IMRAD format correctly and make sure all of the required sections are there. The introduction contains the use of the CARS model, which has three moves that help strengthen the effectiveness of this article by creating a space for research to fill (Katz & Penrose, 2010, p. 98). In the first move, the authors provide information about how oral health is important to overall health and relate it to psychological aspects (Anagnostopoulos et al., p. 132). In the second move, the authors state that research is scarce on the topic, thus, creating a need for current research (Anagnostopoulos et al., p. 132). In the third move, the authors state the primary aim of the study is to explore health beliefs, held by dental patients, and its relation to oral health status (Anagnostopoulos et al., p. 133). At the end of the article, the authors placed the discussion section. The discussion section contains all the information about major findings, strengths and weaknesses of the methods, implications of findings, and an outline of the remaining research questions (Katz & Penrose, 2010, p. 111). In the discussion section of this article, the authors state that all three of their hypotheses were supported by their research; they also state that their

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