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Techniques for Managing Behaviour in Pediatric Dentistry: Comparative Study of Live Modelling and Tell–Show–Do Based on Children's Heart Rates during TreatmentFULL TEXT
• Nada Farhat-McHayleh, DDS, DEA, PhD •
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Materials and Methods: For this randomized, controlled, parallel-group single-centre clinical trial, children 5 to 9 years of age presenting for the first time to the Saint Joseph University dental care centre in Beirut, Lebanon, were divided into 3 groups: those in groups A and B were prepared for dental treatment by means of live modelling, the mother serving as the model for children in group A and the father as the model for children in group B. The children in group C were prepared by a pediatric dentist using the tell–show–do method. Each child's heart rate was monitored during treatment, which consisted of an oral examination and cleaning.
Results: A total of 155 children met the study criteria and participated in the study. Children who received live modelling with the mother as model had lower heart rates than those who received live modelling with the father as model and those who were prepared by the tell–show–do method (p < 0.01). The model used for live modelling (father or mother) and the child's age were determining factors in the results obtained.
Conclusions: Live modelling is a technique worth practising in pediatric dentistry.
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