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Mascarenhas AN, Urs P, Shree CC, Pooja H, Lakhotia R, Nagar P. Minimizing Odontophobia in Children Using Colored Compomers in Restorative Pediatric Dentistry. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2022; 5 (2):75-81.
Aim: To assess the levels of dental anxiety in children receiving restorations of multicolored compomers compared with those receiving traditional composite.
Materials and methods: A total of 30 children belonging to the age group of 5–12 years of age with occlusal caries in the primary or secondary posteriors after fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria were grouped based on their preference of restorative material into three groups of (1) traditional composite, (2) blue compomer, and (3) pink compomer. Frankl behavior rating scale was used to assess the dental behavior of each child participating in the study, while Venham picture test was used to assess the anxiety levels among children pre and postdental procedure. The obtained data were collected and subjected to statistical analysis.
Results: Children who preferred multicolored compomers showed an increased reduction in anxiety levels when compared to those who preferred traditional composite. Majority of the female participants preferred pink compomers over blue or white, whereas males majorly preferred blue over pink compomers. The younger age group showed a tendency of choosing the multicolored compomers over traditional composite when compared to the older age group. Overall result showed that children who preferred traditional composite over the multicolored compomers were significantly lesser.
Conclusion: Multicolored compomers among child patients can yield a beneficial advantage to instill a positive dental behavior and attitude in the dental operatory.
Clinical significance: The authority given to the child by the pediatric dentist, of choosing the color of restorative material of their preference, helps them to actively participate in the treatment procedure, thus exhibiting immense improvement in their behavior pre and postdental procedures.
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