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Parents ‘take kids to dentist during school hours’

Posted by Allie Wright

New research has found that the majority of parents are happy to take their children out of school to take them to the dentist.

Some 60 per cent of respondents to a poll said their offspring visit the dentist during school time, while only nine per cent said they book appointments at the weekend.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, stated practices are increasingly taking the needs of parents and children into account and opening for longer.

“Later and weekend opening hours mean parents can take their children to the dentist without the need for skipping school attendance. The school holidays are also a great time to take your child for a check-up,” he said.

Dr Carter stressed that childhood experiences determine a child’s dental health needs for the rest of their lives, so it is vital they see a dentist on a regular basis.

A recent study conducted in Spain found parents could be responsible for passing on their fear of going to the dentist to their children.

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