Dad: Your Important Role in Preventing Fear of the Dentist
Dads, you probably realise that you play a vital formative role in your child’s life. But did you know that your emotional response to dentistry may be the number one factor in how your child feels about going to the dentist? That was the discovery of researchers at the University of Madrid who published their study results in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. Here is a little bit about what they learned.
The Transmission of Dental Fear Passes from Father to Child
The primary takeaway from the research involving children aged 7 to 12 was that parents passed on dental fear to their kids and that dads, in particular, were the parent kids looked to for emotional reactions. If a father had a negative emotional reaction to the dentist, the children were also afraid. In fact, the influence of a mother’s fear of the dentist seemed to be lessened if dad thought it was okay.
Helping Your Child to View the Dentist as a Friend
By displaying a positive attitude toward your own dental experiences and those of your child, fathers can play a vital role in helping children to see going to the dentist for regular checkups as a positive event. Taking your child to the dentist and making it a relaxed experienced can help your son or daughter to realise the dentist is here to help.
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to do our part to make going to the dentist a positive experience for kids. From our fun waiting room and friendly staff to our focus on prevention so that kids don’t have to hear the drill or see a needle, we are committed to eliminating an irrational fear of the dentist. To schedule an appointment for your kids, call 619-741-1500.