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Pain Assessment in Children Using a Modified Wong Baker Faces Pain Rating Scale
Int J Clin Prev Dent 2019;15(4):202-205
Published online December 31, 2019;
© 2019 International Journal of Clinical Preventive Dentistry.

Roshni Chandran

YMT Dental College, Navi-Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Correspondence to: Roshni Chandran
Received December 18, 2019; Revised December 24, 2019; Accepted December 26, 2019.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives: Pain assessment in children is an important measure in treatment planning and to establish effectiveness of treatment. To evaluate the efficiency of a Modified Wong–Baker Faces Scale (MWBFS) and evaluate its comfortability with Wong–Baker Faces Scale (WBFS).
Methods: Study consists of 50 children aged 3 to 12 years old. Following dental treatment like restoration, extraction, pulp therapy etc, patients were asked to relate the pain experienced during treatment by selecting a face from the MWBFS template and WBFS template. Patients’ comfortability with both the scales recorded.
Results: All the 50 children preferred the MWBFS (100% preference) over the WBFS. A statistical significance of <0.001 indicates true reliability of MWBFS.
Conclusions: MWBFS is a reliable scale. Hence, it can be used successfully in pediatric dentistry by clinicians and researchers.
Keywords : pain, pain assessment, pediatric dentistry
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