Attitudes of dental students towards paediatric dental behaviour guidance




Students, Paediatric dentistry, Methods, Behavior


Aim: To compare the pre-clinical and clinical students` perceptions about the non-pharmacological behaviour management techniques in paediatric dentistry and to investigate the influence of the dental curriculum on the students` knowledge regarding this issue. Methods: A total of 283 students from the IV-and X-semester completed a questionnaire, consisted of 12 statements, describing the nonpharmacological behaviour management techniques for the treatment of paediatric dental patients. The acceptability rate was evaluated with a Likert scale ranging from 1 to 5. Results: The students from all courses demonstrated high acceptance for Reinforcement and Desensitization techniques and low for the Negative reinforcement and Physical restraint. The comparison between the perceptions of the pre-clinical and clinical students demonstrated a statistically significant increase in the acceptance of the physical restraint, along with Nonverbal communication, Modelling and Parental presence/absence (p<0.05). Conclusion: The results provide information about the students’ knowledge and skills in behaviour management techniques together with some insights about how the educational process can modify the students` perceptions and views in dealing with paediatric dental patients.


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Author Biographies

Maria Shindova, Medical university of Plovdiv

Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Ani Belcheva, Medical University of Plovdiv

Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


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Shindova M, Belcheva A. Attitudes of dental students towards paediatric dental behaviour guidance . Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2021 Nov. 29 [cited 2022 May 25];21(00):e225272. Available from:



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