Dental One Associates of Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 410, Columbia, MD 21044

A Parent’s Role in Children’s Dental Fear


Keeping kids’ teeth and gums healthy requires good oral care at home and regular visits to the dentist. Unfortunately, many kids suffer from dental fear that makes even a routine check-up a nightmare for everyone involved. Dental phobia is a common problem in pediatric dentistry, and a recent study by Delta Dental demonstrated what professionals have suspected all along: a parent’s dental phobia can be directly related to a child’s fear of dentist visits. The study, which involved a nationwide survey of parents and children, was released in conjunction with National Anxiety Month in April.

Fear of Dentist Can Be Transferred to Kids

Witnessing dental phobia in parents, siblings, and others teaches children that dentistry is something to be feared. To avoid transferring their worry to their children, parents should take steps to resolve their own dental fear such as discussing their concerns with their dentists or using distraction methods during treatment. If dental phobia is severe, it may be wise for them to attend dental visits without children to prevent them from picking up on the uncomfortable feelings. Most importantly, parents should never share their dental fears or negative dentist experiences with their children.

Manage Dental Phobia in Children

Childhood dental fear is similar to anxiety experienced by adults. It includes fear of dentist drills, fear of pain, and fear of the need for additional work. Symptoms of childhood dental phobia include physical symptoms such as nausea, headache or dizziness, and missed or canceled appointments, sweating, fainting, crying, panic attacks, irritability, and. Parents can help prevent dental phobia in kids by maintaining a positive tone when talking about dental care. Practicing dental exams on stuffed toys, or teaching kids to count their teeth can make dental care seem like fun. Finally, every child should visit a dentist by the age of one. This early exposure builds a positive relationship between a child and the dentist before dental fear has a chance to develop.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

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The staff is always lovely and the doctors are top notch. I highly recommend Dental One Associates in Columbia as I have had nothing but positive appointments and interactions with all staff members.
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The receptionist was nice, service was prompt without an abnormal waiting time and the doctor explained and discussed the problems with my teeth.
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Awesome experience when i brought my son for annual and emergency dental treatment. Dentist was patient, caring, sympathetic, and compassionate.
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The hygentist I had was excellent and Dr Wright is excellent as well
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