Fear of the Dentist? Knowing Fear Origin May Help

Emetophobia can be a particularly tough thing to bring to the dentist, especially if you happen to fear the dentist in the first place. The experience, however, may be less stressful if you realize from whence that fear may have come.

A study published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry discovered fear of the dentist may stem largely from dear old dad. While past studies on various topics have consistently links children’s fears to those of those their parents, this is the first time a study examined the specific roles each parent may play in establishing those fears.

Fathers seem to help create a fear of the dentist while mothers, on the other hand, often play the role of quelling those fears. What does that mean for you? Well, perhaps you’ll want to give mom a call before you head over for your next teeth cleaning – and only give dad a jingle after your appointment.

You can also keep an eye on your own attitudes toward the dentist if you have kids of your own to help ensure they’re less likely to pick up fearful vibes. Whether you’re a mom or dad, you may do well to play the role of protector and help your child realize the dentist is just a person who is out to help, not hurt, you.

Read more at Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121116085552.htm

Review the full study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22092785