Introduction: Color is one of the most instantaneous methods of conveying messages and meanings. It has been studied widely from philosophical, biological, anthropological and psychological perspectives over the course of time. Recently, the correlation between colors and emotions and their effect on the work settings is being studied. The importance of appropriate use of colors in various hospital settings is studied. Colors need to be incorporated not only in the dental setups but in the armamentarium and material that are going to be in a close vision of the child and are going to be delivered in the mouth.
Aim: To assess the preference of children and parents towards conventional, colored and flavored restorative materials, appliances, and the armamentarium required for it.
• To assess the preference of children in the age group of 6 to 12 years for various colors in restorative materials, appliances, and the armamentarium.
• To assess the preference of parents towards various colors in restorative materials, appliances, and the armamentarium.
Materials and methodology: The study was carried out in the Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Yerala Dental College and Hospital, Kharghar, India. Sixty children in the age group of 6 to 12 years reporting to the OPD along with their parents, formed the sample for this study. The preference of children and their parents for the various material, armamentarium, and appliances delivered to a child was evaluated using a study tool. The study tool comprised of a separate questionnaire for the parents and the children. The questionnaire was aided with a power-point presentation. Physical demonstration of material was done wherever flavored materials were being evaluated.
Statistical analysis: Data analysis was done using windows based Med Calc Statistical Software version 13.3.1 (MedCalc Software bvba, Ostend, Belgium; http://www.medcalc.org; 2014). The following statistics were applied:
• Means: Average age of participants.
• Proportions: Most preferred choice.
Results: Children and parents both showed a preference for bright colors in various materials and armamentarium. For materials that were to stay in a child's mouth for a long time, children still preferred colored material, whereas parents preferred tooth-colored materials. Children had an overall preference for blue color whereas parents preferred pink.
Conclusion: Introduction of more colorful and flavored restorative material as well as appliances are needed, especially for pediatric patients.
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