Title: 0781 - Are Behavior Scales Efficient to Identify Behavioral Changes in Preschoolers Under Dental Interventions?


Jessica da Silva, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Daniele Masterson, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Lucianne Maia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Laura Primo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Andréa Fonseca-Gonçalves (Presenter)
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro


Objectives: This study assessed whether behavioral rating scales are in fact able to identify behavioral changes, in preschool children, undergoing a dental intervention.

Methods: A search in the databases: PubMed, Scopus, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, BVS, and grey literature, was conducted. Also a hand-search of the included study reference lists was also performed. The search was performed by two researchers, supervised by a librarian. There were no limits to language or year of publication. Eligibility was based on PICO criteria; which means healthy preschoolers (P); whose behaviors were evaluated after dental treatments (I) and also before the intervention (C) to observe the behavioral changes (O). The articles were evaluated for risk of bias with a tool for before-and-after studies.

Results: The initial search identified 1113 references. After removing duplicates, 735 were read (title/abstract), and of these, 48 were retrieved to be read in full. Forty seven were excluded after thorough analysis and two more articles were selected after hand searching. Of the three selected studies, two were considered fair (high risk of bias) and one was good (low risk of bias).

Conclusions: The behavioral rating scales (Frankl and North Carolina behavior rating scales) were able to identify changes in the childrens behavior after dental treatment. Nevertheless, these findings are not supported by strong evidence. Thus, this research demonstrates the need for well-designed clinical studies.

Disclosure Statement:
The submitter must disclose the names of the organizations with which any author have a relationship, the nature of the relationship, and the clinical or research area involved. The following is submitted: NONE