Exposure to Electronic Screens and Children's Anxiety and Behavior During Dental Treatment
Methods:A cross-sectional study of 95 five- to eight-year-old patients was conducted. The study consisted of two sessions, one week apart. During the first visit, the socioeconomic status of the family was assessed, and examination and preventive measures were performed. One of the parents was asked to report screen time use by the child over a one week period using a valid questionnaire. In the second visit, dental anxiety and behavior management problems were assessed using the Clinical Anxiety Rating Scale and Frankl Behavior Scale, respectively.
Results: Anxiety and behavior management problems during a dental visit were significantly correlated with the participant's total exposure hours to electronic screens. Exposure to violent media was significantly different between participants with and without behavior management problems. Boys showed a significant higher exposure to violent media than girls.
Conclusion: Anxiety and behavior problems in a dental visit correlate to total hours of exposure to electronic screens. Therefore, limiting a child's screen exposure should be considered. (J Dent Child 2019;86(3):139-44)
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Dr. Mobarek is a pediatric dentistry resident, Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt 2: Dr. Khalil is a professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt 3: Dr. Talaat is an associate professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt;, Email: [email protected]
Publication date: September 1, 2019
- 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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