European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 253–257 | Cite as

Predictive factors for child behaviour in the dental environment

  • M. L. Ramos-JorgeEmail author
  • L. S. Marques
  • S. M. Pavia
  • J. M. Serra-Negra
  • I. A. Pordeus


Aim: This was to evaluate the potential factors that influence behaviour in the paediatric dentistry environment of children aged 48 to 68 months who have never before been to a dentist. Study Design. Cross sectional. Methods: Child behaviour was evaluated using the Frankl scale during both clinical examination procedures and prophylaxis. All mothers of the 118 children investigated underwent a test to assess their anxiety (Manifest Anxiety Scale-MAS) and responded to a questionnaire on the medical history of the child as well as socioeconomic factors. The children were given a test to assess their anxiety (Venham Picture Test-VPT). Statistics: The statistical tests adopted were the Chi-squared test and both simple and multiple unconditional logistic regression. Results: Children with high anxiety, those who had previously experienced toothache and those had behaved uncooperatively during prior medical experiences, had a greater probability of behaving uncooperatively during their first dental consultation. Conclusions: Dental professionals can identify the presence of predictive factors for child behaviour prior to the first clinical examination by including relevant questions in the dental and medical history, thereby facilitating a more positive initial contact between paediatric dentists and their patients.

Key words

child behaviour dental environment paediatric dentistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Ramos-Jorge
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. S. Marques
    • 2
  • S. M. Pavia
    • 1
  • J. M. Serra-Negra
    • 1
  • I. A. Pordeus
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.University of Vale do Rio VerdeTrês CoraçõesBrazil

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