Advanced Dental Care of Orlando
12131 South Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836

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 Orlando, call Advanced Dental Care of Orlando today at (407) 545-3810 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Orlando. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Orlando, 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 Advanced Dental Care of Orlando.

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Everyone were very nice and helpful. They gave me my options so i can decide for myself what i wanted to do. I felt it was like being partners in my dental care. I would recommend them.
Catherine S.
Staff works hard to answer questions, and Doctors are wonderful. Dr Ortiz works hard to make sure you understand what going to happen and and make sure you are happy with your results.
Scott D.
These folks are the best I have ever been to. I am scared to death of dentists and I feel very safe and calm in their office. They took the time to explain EVERYTHING to me prior to what they were […]
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The moment I scheduled my appointment over the phone, I noticed how helpful and kind that person was over the phone. It made a difference in somebody who doesn’t trust dentists! So thank you. My […]
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Professional, yet friendly, staff and doctors. Fully explained each step that was recommended and also discussed the financial responsibilities. No surprises. I am glad to have made the decision to […]
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Consistent professional and courteous service from the dentist, orthodontist, hygienist and office staff. Our visits are always a good experience.
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Dennis M.
The staff is very welcoming and helpful. The use of technology and experience makes me feel that my dental health is in the right hands.
Melissa V.
Easy to get appointment. Explained procedure and recommendations for corrective work
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Samuel G.
Hard for me because of my parkinsons they do the extra things that let me know they care . Mercedes alway there with a blanket great team
Michael S.
Want to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. “Sam” and his assistant. I was on my vacation and needed a filling done on one my molars. I was able to schedule that day and was in and out in just a […]
Ryan L.
Best dentist office I’ve ever been to I have never waited more then 10 min for my appt the staff are very nice
Nicole G.
Dr Ortiz and the staff are well educated and know what they are doing. Best quality work.
Kenny P.
Needed to have all my teeth out and dentures in, l was scared nearly to death until l came to know the wonderful talented staff here. The doctor was very gentle with me, and my new best buddy Steven […]
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