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Contemporary Behavior Guidance Techniques to Outsmart Child's Anxious Mind

Disha Kapil, Siji Elizabeth

Keywords : Child behavior, Dental anxiety, Dental fear and anxiety, Pediatric dentistry

Citation Information : Kapil D, Elizabeth S. Contemporary Behavior Guidance Techniques to Outsmart Child's Anxious Mind. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2021; 4 (1):41-49.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10077-3070

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Behavior guidance techniques have been the foundation stone behind success in pediatric dental practice involving both nonpharmacological and pharmacological methods. Modern approaches, attitudes, and expectations of parents and society have devised the modifications in old behavior guidance techniques. However, the applicability of these modalities has not been explored currently. These techniques principally emphasize alleviation of dental anxiety or dentophobia among infants, children, adolescents, and children with special health care needs (SHCN) to provide quality oral health care and to instill a positive dental attitude. This review is intended to provide updates in contemporary behavior guidance techniques such as tell-play-do, animal-assisted therapy, virtual reality, etc., which may provide state-of-art dental management in young children benefitting dental health care providers, parents, and other concerned parties.

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