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J Dent Child (Chic). 2015 Jan-Apr;82(1):22-8.

Contemporary behavior management techniques in clinical pediatric dentistry: out with the old and in with the new?

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Dentistry Department, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Effective behavior management guides children through the complex social context of dentistry utilizing techniques based on a current understanding of the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. Behavior management techniques facilitate effective communication and establish social and behavioral guidelines for the dental environment. Contemporary parenting styles, expectations, and attitudes of modern parents and society have influenced the use of behavior management techniques with a prevailing emphasis on communicative techniques and pharmacological management over aversive techniques.

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