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This study of the relationship between dental anxiety and psychological and behavioral variables suggests that the most important factor in explaining the variance in children's perceived dental anxiety is their level of general anxiety. The negative relationship found among the frequency of dental visits, deciduous diseased, missing, and filled teeth(More)
This study examined changes in 32 patients' stress and arousal levels before and after an initial crisis intervention interview, according to the degree of mismatch between patient and therapist perceptions of requests made during the interview. A good match between patient and therapist perceptions was associated with a decrease in patients' stress(More)
Three hundred and ten children from three schools were examined before and after a dental health promotion program targeted at one of the schools. Parents of subjects at the experimental school were visited at home by a community health worker who provided individualized information on dental services and preventive strategies. Parents of subjects at the(More)
Studies using plaster models of teeth and photographs simulating the full range of occlusal conditions have found high agreement between measures of adolescent social acceptability of these conditions and perceived need for orthodontic treatment. This study examined the association between adolescents' acceptability of their own occlusal condition, severity(More)
Social and psychological factors associated with dental care were examined in two groups of children ages 6-8 and 9-11 years. Level of surface plaque, measures of dental health status (that is, total number of primary teeth decayed, missing, and filled [dmft] and total number of permanent teeth decayed, missing, and filled [DMFT] ), and frequency of dental(More)
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