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Revista San Gregorio

versão On-line ISSN 2528-7907versão impressa ISSN 1390-7247


BARREIRO MENDOZA, Gema Nataly et al. Dental anxiety and self-esteem in pediatric patients with maxillofacial orthopedics. Revista San Gregorio [online]. 2023, vol.1, n.53, pp.200-211. ISSN 2528-7907.

The main repercussions of malocclusion could be linked to emotional and social well-being. Dental anxiety and self-esteem are emotions, prevalent in problems related to oral health. However, no studies of emotions in children with maxillofacial orthopedics have been performed. Psychometrics allows a reliable evaluation of psychosocial repercussions in an individual. The HTP projective test (house: house, tree: tree and person: person) requires that the evaluated individual make a drawing. The drawing technique presents reliability, validity and is consistent. From the above and in view of the existing information, it is necessary to review the HTP technique, its use and contribution in maxillofacial orthopedics. For this reason, the objective of this study was to analyze dental anxiety and self-esteem in pediatric patients with maxillofacial orthopedic treatment. The method used was bibliographic review and content analysis. It was possible to determine that a maxillofacial orthopedist must fully master the oral health of children, its psychosocial influence and the use of adequate techniques to diagnose and manage their behavior, which contributes to an optimal doctor-patient / family relationship and mitigates non-compliance with the therapeutic indications, achieving success in the treatment.

Palavras-chave : dental anxiety; self-esteem; children; maxillofacial orthopedics.

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