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What to Wear When Practicing on Pediatric Dental Patients
1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
Journal of Pediatric Dentistry 2016; 4(2): 37-41 DOI: 10.4103/2321-6646.185258
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Background: The appearance of the clinician is considered to have an effect on a patient’s impression of the dental environment and to affect the doctor–patient relationship. Aim: The aim of this study was to identify children’s and parents’ preferences regarding dentist’s attire and their relationship to dental anxiety, previous experiences, and socioeconomic levels. Methods: The study was conducted with 500 patients between 5 and 11 years of age and their parents. Participants were asked to respond a questionnaire, and preference of dental attire was determined by showing
photographs of either a female or a male pediatric dentist in the three different modes of attire. Statistics: Chi‑square test, Mann–Whitney U‑test, and Spearmen Rho correlation test were used for statistical analysis. Results: The majority of children and their parents were found to prefer pediatric dentists to wear white coats; however, children with a systemic disease, dental anxiety, and previous negative dental experience preferred casual dress (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Previous experiences and general health have a strong effect on children’s preferences related to their
dentist’s attire.