Perception of dental care among children

Authors

  • Cláudia Lobelli Rangel Gomes Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Manoelito Ferreira Silva-Júnior Universidade Estadual de Campinas http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8837-5912
  • Ana Lílian Correia Lopes Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Symone Fernandes de Melo Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Manuel Antonio Gordón-Núnez Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Isabelita Duarte Azevedo Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v15i2.8648759

Keywords:

Child psychology. Fear. Pediatric dentistry.

Abstract

Children that arrive at dental offices with fear and anxiety usually tend to resist conditioning mechanisms. The aim this study was to evaluate children’s perception about dental treatment and to identify factors that influence this perception. Material and Methods: A random sample of 100 children of both genders aged 3 to 12, who were treated at the Department of Dentistry of a University (group I) and at a Children’s Hospital (group II), was selected. A structured questionnaire about the child’s perception about dental care was applied and the children were asked to draw a picture of this topic. Most of children expressed a positive perception in the questionnaire and in the drawings (93.8%). This positive perception was more pronounced in group I (94%) and in children aged 3 to 5 years (100%), particularly in girls (78%). The main cause of fear was the use of needles (42.4%). Many children (24.2%) reported to prefer the noninvasive procedures. A positive perception of dental treatment was observed in the majority of the sample. Therefore, dental pediatricians must be aware of the perception of children for better conditioning.

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Author Biographies

Cláudia Lobelli Rangel Gomes, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Pesquisadora Graduada em Odontologia pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte. Atualmente Residente Multiprofissional em Saúde Materno-Infantil pela UFRN.

Manoelito Ferreira Silva-Júnior, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Graduado em Odontologia pela Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES). Especialista em Saúde Coletiva e da Família pela Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (FOP-Unicamp). Mestre e Doutorando em Odontologia (Saúde Coletiva) pela FOP-Unicamp (CAPES 7). 

Ana Lílian Correia Lopes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Possui graduação em Odontologia pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (2011) e pós-graduação em Prótese Dentária pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (2013).

Symone Fernandes de Melo, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Possui mestrado em Psicologia Clínica pela Universidade de São Paulo e doutorado em Psicologia (Psicologia Cognitiva) pela Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Atualmente é Professor Associado da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte.

Manuel Antonio Gordón-Núnez, Universidade Federal da Paraíba

Possui graduação em Odontologia pela Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Mestrado, Doutorado e Pós-Doutorado em Patologia Oral pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte. É membro do corpo editorial da RBPO- Revista Brasileira de Patologia Oral.

Isabelita Duarte Azevedo, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Possui graduação em Odontologia pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (1995), mestrado em Odontologia Social pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (2002) e doutorado em Odontologia pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2006). Atualmente é professor Adjunta I da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte nas disciplinas de Clinica Infantil I e II.

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2017-04-20

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Gomes CLR, Silva-Júnior MF, Lopes ALC, Melo SF de, Gordón-Núnez MA, Azevedo ID. Perception of dental care among children. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2017 Apr. 20 [cited 2022 Sep. 27];15(2):185-90. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8648759

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