New Study Says Your Dental Fear Can Impact Your Kids

September 10, 2017

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Your child is busy learning from you at all times, even when you don’t realize it’s happening. Kids pick up good things from adults, like looking both ways before they cross the street, but they can learn not-so-good thought patterns and behaviors, too. A new study out says that dental fear can also be transmitted from parent to child, specifically from the father.


If you deal with dental fear in Carrollton, think twice before you make a negative comment in front of your child. Keep reading to find out about the impact it can have.

How Parents Can Transmit a Fear of the Dentist

In the study from Madrid (the results of which were published in ScienceDaily), levels of dental fear in children age 7 to 12 were analysed and compared alongside those of their family members. The results show that the higher the anxiety in one member of the family — especially the father — the higher it was for everyone else.

This research suggests that parents (ahem, especially you, dads) who are afraid of the dentist send the message through verbal and nonverbal cues that dental care is, in fact, something to fear. Unfortunately, the repercussions of this can be severe for children, whose little smiles are just beginning to develop.

Setting a Positive Example for Your Child

What does this mean for you? That if you’re afraid to visit the dentist, you may need to work doubly hard to ensure you’re setting a positive example for your child. Remember it’s not just what you say, but also your actions that speak to how you feel about dental work.

Some tips that can help you send the message that dental care is nothing to fear include:

  • Avoiding negative talk before you visit the dentist’s office. Turn language like “I don’t want to go to the dentist tomorrow” into neutral or even positive statements like “I have an important appointment tomorrow that will help me enjoy a healthier smile.”
  • Visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
  • Refraining from making negative comments when you see the dentist’s office on TV.
  • Brushing and flossing regularly at home.

Sedation Dentistry Can Help

If you are truly dealing with significant dental fear, there’s a secret ingredient that can help you overcome your worry and set a positive example for everyone in your family: sedation dentistry. Visiting a certified sedation dentist who offers nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or IV sedation could be just the thing you need to receive the dentistry you need to smile healthily once again. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with a sedation dentist to learn how it can help you overcome your anxiety. Because you (and your children) deserve to visit the dentist without fear!

About the Author

Dr. Marc Dandois is a Carrollton dentist providing comprehensive dentistry in a relaxing, fear-free environment with the help of sedation. To learn more about his services and how you can overcome dental fear, you are invited to contact the office at 972-394-7007.