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Parents ‘pass fear of dentist to children’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

A new study conducted in Spain has noted parents may be responsible for passing on their fear of going to the dentist to their children.

Research conducted by scientists at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid showed the emotional transmission of dentist fear among family members, as well as analysing the different roles that mothers and fathers might play.

America Lara Sacido, one of the authors of the study, said: “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.”

Results were published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry and claim children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when they are deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful.

The authors of the report therefore noted mothers and fathers need to be involved in dentist fear prevention campaigns.

Recent research found some 27 per cent of people still do not visit their dentist due to fear.

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