A fearful child attends: a psychoanalytic explanation of children's responses to dental treatment

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    Abstract

    At the mention of dental treatment some children become overwhelmed by anxiety whereas others appear to take the news in their stride. Sometimes when anxious children attend dental treatment, they appear to cope, contain their fears, and passively submit to treatment, whereas others angrily refuse to open their mouths and a third group of children exist who seem to just 'tough it out' no matter how disagreeable or frightening dental treatment becomes. The question remains: why do children react so differently to dental treatment?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)407-18
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
    Volume17
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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