Want your kids to be friendly and fear free at the dentist? It is up to you, Dads! A new study reveals that parent’s attitude towards oral health and dental visits predict how their children will react in the same situations. It is a good thing Dr. Doug Heller is a periodontist, his two kids will have some bright oral health futures.
The University of Madrid conducted a study comparing the views of children versus their parents when it comes to visiting dental offices like Periodontal Associates. Participants included 183 children between the ages of 7 and 12. Forty-three experimental studies from across six continents were also included in this review.
The majority of studies confirmed a relationship between parental and child dental fear. This relationship is most evident in children aged 8 and under. The study then concluded that, yes, there is an association between parental and child dental fear. This is good to know as many people have anxiety and negative thoughts about dental work, and if we know where it begins, then Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman and others can put a stop to the fear.
América Lara Sacido, one of the authors of the study, said that “along with the presence of emotional transmission of dentist fear amongst family members, we have identified the relevant role that fathers play in transmission of this phobia in comparison to the mother.”
More so than mothers, fathers sway their children in how to react to the dentist. In fact, the reaction from their dad will often over shadow the mother’s regardless if it is negative or positive.
“Although the results should be interpreted with due caution, children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” said Lara Sacido.
To help this cycle, Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman strongly suggest finding a steady, primary dental provider that the entire family can bond with and trust like Periodontal Associates. Then, both parents should be active in the children’s dental appointments to assure they will be in good hands. Anxiety is a strong consequence of trips to the dentist office; however, as the industry advances routine dental procedures are becoming more and more comfortable.
“Through the positive emotional contagion route in the family, the right attitude can be achieved in the child so that attending the dentist is not a problem.”
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