European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 237–240 | Cite as

Children’s and parents’ attitudes towards dentists’ attire

  • D. Mistry
  • J. F. TahmassebiEmail author
Short Communication


AIM: To assess children and parental attitudes towards dental attire. METHODS: A convenience sample of paediatric dental patients and their parents attending the Paediatric Dentistry Dept. (Leeds, UK). Data was collected using a questionnaire accompanied by a series of photographs of female and male dental students in different modes of attire. RESULTS: 100 parents with a mean age of 40.4 years (SD±8.8) and range 23–60 years, and 100 children with a mean age of 9.8 years (SD±3.5) and range 4–16 years responded. Participants preferred females in white coat and mask (15.5%) and white coat (10.5%); males in white coat and mask (11.0%), white coat and glasses (9.0%) and formal shirt (8.5%). Parents significantly preferred formal attire and children informal attire (×2=25.417, P<0.022). Comparing white coat vs paediatric coats, both parents and children ranked white coats in favour of paediatric coats (×2= 1.476, P=0.347). A highly significant difference was found between the male participants who favoured the male dental student and female participants the female dental student (×2=30.600, P<0.000). CONCLUSIONS: Parents favoured traditional dress as it gives an air of professionalism. Children preferred dental students in casual attire, both children and parents ranked formal white in favour of a paediatric coat. There was a highly significant difference in preference of the participants towards the sex of their dental health care provider, male participants favoured male student and females female students.

Key words

children attire dentists 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept of Paediatric DentistryLeeds Dental InstituteLeedsEngland

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