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Dent Clin North Am. 2013 Jan;57(1):129-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2012.09.006. Epub 2012 Oct 23.

The continuum of behavior guidance.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Washington, 6222 Northeast 74th Street, Seattle, WA 98115, USA. tmnelson@uw.edu

Abstract

Behavior guidance is a continuum of techniques, basic and advanced, fundamental to the provision of quality dental care for pediatric patients. This practice must be individualized, pairing the correct method of behavior guidance with each child. To select the appropriate technique, the clinician must have a thorough understanding of each aspect of the continuum and anticipate parental expectations, child temperament, and the technical procedures necessary to complete care. By effectively using techniques within the continuum of behavior guidance, a healing relationship with the family is maintained while addressing dental disease and empowering the child to receive dental treatment throughout their lifetime.

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10.1016/j.cden.2012.09.006
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