Factors that Determine Child Behavior during Dental Treatment

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Assoc. Prof. Elmedin Bajrić1 / S. Kobašlija2 / A. Huseinbegović2 / N. Marković2 / M. Selimović-Dragaš2 / A. Arslanagić Muratbegović2

1Sarajevo University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department for Preventive and Pediatric Dentistry, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Telephone number: +387 33 407 872, Fax number: +387 33 443 395
2Sarajevo University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department for Preventive and Pediatric Dentistry, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Summary

In this review paper we wanted to summarize all the aspects which could affect the behavior of the child patients in the dental office. At the beginning, the factors that are related to the child patients are mentioned. Various segments of child psychological, cognitive, physiological and other kinds of development are discussed. Also, the reasons for dental fear and anxiety (DFA) and dental behavior problems (DBP) were analyzed, and how the child dental patients could cope with them. Finally, types of patients according to their behavior in the dental office were discussed. Furthermore, the influences of child patients’ parents were studied, including parenting styles, as well as factors related to dentist, dental team and the dental office. Finally, critical evaluation of administration of assets to measure the presence of DFA and DBP is provided. Every part of the text was corroborated by the results from our own and other authors’ recent bibliography data.

Keywords: dental fear and anxiety; dental behavior problems; children; parents; dentists

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Citation Information: Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine. Volume 20, Issue 2, Pages 69–77, ISSN (Online) 2335-0245, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bjdm-2016-0011, July 2016

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