Background: Dental fear and anxiety is a common cause for avoiding dental treatment, which over time, may result in decline in oral health. The present study was conducted to evaluate childrenís and parentís attitude towards dentists attire in pediatric dental practice. Material and methods: The present study was cross-sectional observational study conducted among children and their parents over a period of 6 months. The sample size was 300 children and a total of 300 parents. Parents and children were surveyed separately using an interviewer-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire survey consists of photographs which were shown to the participants. Evaluation of attire by showing photographs of a male and female model dressed in six different attires was done and evaluation of gender was done by showing photographs of an individual male and female model. Data was collected and data was analysed using IBM SPSS 20.0 software. p<0.05 was considered significant. Results: In the present study total children were 300 and parents were also 300. Personal protective equipment attire was least (9%) preferred by children and paediatric coat attire (34.66%) was maximum preferred by children. Formal attire was least (5.66%) preferred by parents and personal protective equipment (29.66%) was maximum preferred by parents. Parents were found to prefer a male dentist (57.33%) to treat their children, while children preferred a female dentist (63.66%). Conclusion: This study concluded that paediatric coat attire was preferred by children and Personal protective equipment was preferred by parents. Parents were found to prefer a male dentist to treat their children, while children preferred a female dentist.
Keywords: Personal protective equipment attire, white coat, pediatric dentistry.