Introduction: Children usually have a preoccupied impression about a doctor and a clinic, which is the most common cause of anxiety. Doctor’s dress plays a major role in a child’s perception. By understanding this, a suitable dress code could be adopted to establish good rapport with children.
Aim: The aim of the present study to evaluate the perception and attitude of children toward their dentist.
Materials and methods: The present study comprised 300 children aged 6 to 14 years visiting the Department of Pedodontics. The questionnaire included seven parts, all intended to assess a child’s perception. They were also asked whether they had any medical faculty in their family and also about the attitude of the siblings toward dentists. Descriptive analysis has been done, and chi-square test was used to assess the difference between the variables; p < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant.
Results: Most of the children (90%) had visited dentists and majority (79.3%) of the children liked the dental treatment. But, only 3.3% of the children had a family physician. Approximately, 24% of the children reported that a sibling had a pleasant perception of their visit to a dentist. And, the children preferred to be treated by female dentist (81.7%), 77.6% of the children preferred their dentist to wear a colored coat instead of a white one. About 74.6% of the children preferred mask-wearing dentists. About 85% of the children preferred to be treated by a female dentist, but it was not statistically significant (p > 0.061).
Conclusion: This study concluded that knowing the child’s perceptions play a key role in improving the practices. The study concluded that children have strong preferences regarding the appearance of their dentist.
Clinical significance: Fear of dentists and dental treatment has been considered a major hindrance to the deliver a quality dental services to children, so evaluating the perception of the children will be easy to convince them for the treatment.
Keywords: Children, Dental treatment, Pediatric dentistry, Perception, White coat.
How to cite this article: Sangeetha KM, Kumar VK, Sam G, Shrivastava N, Dhanya RS, Pathak M. Evaluation of the Perception and Attitude of Children toward their Dentist: An Exploratory Study. Int J Prev Clin Dent Res 2016;3(4):282-284.
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Conflict of interest: None