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Preferences of Dentist's Attire by Anxious and Nonanxious Indian Children

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate preferences of dentist's attire and gender by anxious and nonanxious children in India.

Methods: This cross-sectional study included 1,008 nine- to 14-year-old children. Anxiety levels were measured using the Children's Fear Survey Schedule–Dental Subscale. Children were provided with a series of photographs of dentists in different attires and were asked to choose in which attire they would prefer their dentists to perform treatment. The data obtained was analysed using Pearson's test and chi-square analysis.

Results: There were 603 boys (60 percent) and 405 girls, among whom 56 percent were anxious. Anxious children preferred female dentists in formal attire (19 percent). Nonanxious children equally preferred female dentists in formal attire and white coat with glasses (15 percent).

Conclusion: Irrespective of the anxiety levels, the female dentist was the preferred choice among most of the children. However formal attire might be more appropriate for anxious children.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India. [email protected] 2: Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

Publication date: May 1, 2015

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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