How Parents Influence Dental Fear Of Their Children

Fear Of Dentists Passed On By Parents

Fear of dentists is often cited as being a very common phenomenon. We like to think that the dental experience has changed for the better over the years, and for many children, their only experience of dentistry during their early years involves regular visits for checkups and cleans. Why is it then that children who themselves may never have had a bad experience at the dentist be fearful?

In a recent study of 183 children between the ages of 7 and 12 results show  that children “pay attention to the emotional reactions of the father when deciding whether a situation at the dentist is potentially stressful”.

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