Attitude of graduating dental students about children first dental visit
Behavior guidance techniques (BGTs) are employed to establish communication, alleviate fear and anxiety, facilitate delivery of quality dental care, build a trusting relationship between dentist, child, and parent, and promote the child's positive attitude toward oral/dental health and to cope with dental treatment procedures undertaken. The aim of this study is to know about the Attitude of Graduating dental students about the children first dental visit. A questionnaire using the questions adapted from the several studies related to the attitude of graduating dental students about the children first dental visit was given to 50 students in our college. The students were asked to fill in the questionnaire in order to assess both negative and positive behavior of the children with respect to stress and anxiety they tolerate. Questionnaire included three sections: Demographic data (age, gender), knowledge [Figure 1] that included time of first tooth eruption, about first dental visit, importance and opinions on first dental visit for children, AAP/AAPD recommendation on bottle weaning and main cause for early childhood caries and later part [Figure 2] on attitude, self-assessment and source of information on this topic. From the questionnaire filled by the students, statistics has been made for the questionnaire from which we come to know that the students have moderate knowledge about the early childhood oral care. . Most of the students thought mass media is the better source to gain knowledge about ECOH followed by lecture classes. Based on the results majority of the students prefers lecture classes and mass media to gain knowledge about early childhood oral health care.