We assessed the association of age, gender, mother’s education and income with child dental anxiety.
Study design: Parents and their children were interviewed at the, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry College of Dental Sciences, Davangere. To evaluate child self-reported anxiety, Children’s Fear Survey Schedule - Dental Subscale (CFSS-DS) was used; the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) measured self-reported parental anxiety when the parent received dental treatment.
Results:80 children and their parents completed the questionnaires. Majority of the children (80%) had CFSS –DS score less than 38. Only 20% of the children had CFSS-DS score more than 38. Insignificant Correlation were found between CFSS-DS and child age (8-10 yrs, r = 0.105, p=0.502 and for 11-14yrs, r=0.094, p=0.591). There was no statistically significant results found with the gender p=0.408. We found significant positive correlation with the income (r=0.448, p=0.000), mother’s education showed low positive correlation r=391, p=0.000).
Conclusion: Income significantly influences the child dental anxiety.