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Parents May Pass Fears of the Dentist to Their Children


It’s natural to have phobias of certain experiences or situations. While most parents try not to allow their concerns to influence their children, new research indicates that parents who fear going to the dentist often pass their anxieties on to their families.

Researchers at Rey Juan Carolos University, Madrid, Spain, studied 183 children between ages 7 and 12, along with their parents. According to consumer.healthday.com, the study results confirmed that children’s feelings about the dentist often mimic those of their parents. The researchers suggested that parents need to guard their responses to protect their children from adopting similar anxieties.

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