Many parents schedule their child’s annual dental check-up during winter break. If your child is dreading an upcoming appointment, consider a new study that shows children pay close attention to whether their parents fear going to the dentist.
Fathers, in particular, have a strong influence on how anxious a child feels about going to the dentist.
The authors of the study, conducted by scientists at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, suggest that parents attend dental visits and show no signs of fear or anxiety.
“The higher the level of dentist fear or anxiety in one family member, the higher the level in the rest of the family,” a news release from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology states.
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