As a parent, you significantly impact your child’s life. Genetics dictate physical features such as stature, and eye color, and while these passed on physical characteristics are out of your control, there’s much that you do have a say over when it comes to your kids: like how they feel about the dentist. A survey of 183 children ages 7 to 12 and their families revealed that:
- Children are likely to develop a fear of the dentist if one of their parents displays that attitude.
- The higher the level of dental fear displayed by one family member, the greater the level in the rest.
- The father’s feelings about going to the dentist play a vital role in whether a mother’s fear of the dentist will be passed on to their children. In other words, it appears that how a child views the dentist is more significantly influenced by the father’s attitude of the dentist than that of mom.
The conclusion was that it would be most beneficial to involve both mothers and fathers alike in alleviating the development of dental fears. That makes sense, so how do we do it?
- Start instilling the value of good oral hygiene at an early age. Bring them for a dental checkup by the time they reach their 1st birthday.
- Both mom and dad should set a good example in oral hygiene, and regular dental visits.
- Speak positively to your children about the dentist.
- Take an active interest in your child’s oral health, teaching them to brush and floss correctly.
A positive view of Dr. Bjorklund, a family dentist in Wayzata, MN, can have a tremendous effect on the entire family. Encourage giving the gift of a lifelong, happy smile by sharing this post with parents raising young ones today.