"Knee-To-Knee" Position for Minor Procedures in Infants and Toddlers- Dentists Attitudes

J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2019;43(2):86-90. doi: 10.17796/1053-4625-43.2.3. Epub 2019 Feb 7.


Objective: The objective of this survey was to assess attitudes of pediatric dentists in Israel toward using "knee-to-knee" positioning for dental examinations and for minor procedures in infants and toddlers.

Study design: An anonymous questionnaire was distributed among specialists in pediatric dentistry. Eleven questions accessed demographic data, professional experience and attitudes toward the use of the "knee-to-knee" position.

Results: Of 68 respondents, 66 (97%) reported using "knee-to-knee" positioning for dental checkups. In addition, 52 (76%) reported performing other procedures in the "knee-to-knee" position. Fluoride application and oral hygiene instructions are the most common procedures performed in the "knee-to-knee" position.

Conclusions: "Knee-to-knee" positioning was found very convenient for dental examinations and other simple procedures in very young children.

Keywords: Knee-to-knee; dental examination.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dentists
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Israel
  • Knee
  • Pediatric Dentistry*
  • Posture*
  • Practice Patterns, Dentists'*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires