European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 195–199 | Cite as

Impact of exposure to positive images on dental anxiety among children: a controlled trial

  • M. L. Ramos-JorgeEmail author
  • J. Ramos-Jorge
  • R. G. Vieira de Andrade
  • L. S. Marques


AIM: To determine whether exposing children to images of positive dental care would have an effect on their degree of anxiety, assessing anxiety three separate times. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled trial. METHODS: The 70 participants from 4–11 years of age were randomly assigned to one of two conditions. The intervention consisted of viewing positive images of dentistry and dental treatment (n=35). The control condition consisted of dentally neutral images (n=35). Outcome measures: Anxiety was assessed using the Venham Picture Test (VPT) prior to the intervention, immediately following the intervention and following the dental appointment. STATISTICS: Statistical analysis (chisquare and Mann-Whitney tests) was conducted blind to group allocation. RESULTS: No significant difference was detected between the scores of the VPT in the two groups at any evaluation time (p>0.05). Dental anxiety at the three evaluation times was not correlated to age. There was no difference in level of anxiety between male and female participants (p>0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Viewing positive images of dentistry and dentists did not have a greater effect on child anxiety in the dental setting than viewing neutral images, however, showed lower rates of anxiety for all children although this was not significant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Ramos-Jorge
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Ramos-Jorge
    • 2
  • R. G. Vieira de Andrade
    • 3
  • L. S. Marques
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Paediatric Dentistry, School of DentistryFederal University of Vales do Jequitinhonha e MucuriDiamantinaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Paediatric Dentistry, School of DentistryFederal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Department of OrthodonticsUniversity of Vale do Rio Verde (UNINCOR)Três CoraçõesBrazil

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