Few people enjoy a trip to the dentist. However, if you suffer terror and fear when faced with dental work, you may have inherited those emotions from your parents. And you should be careful not to pass that distress on to your own children.
A study conducted by scientists at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid highlights the important role that parents play in transmitting a fear of dentists in their family.
The researchers confirmed that the higher the level of dentist fear or anxiety in one family member, the higher the level in the rest of the family. The study also reveals that fathers play a key role in the transmission of dentist fear from mothers to their children as they act as a mediating variable.
“Although the results should be interpreted with due caution, children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” observes researcher Lara Sacido.