Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The Effects of the Children’s Temperament and their Parents’ Dental Fear on developing Dental Fear]

APRÓ Zoltán1, NÉMETH Anikó2,3

AUGUST 31, 2021

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2021;34(4)


[The aim the present study was to assess the level of dental fear among 5-7 years old children and its correlations with dental-hygienic habits and their temperament. Furthermore, the relationship of the dental fear of parents and children was also analysed. This cross-sectional study was conducted by the means of a self-constructed questionnaire in 2017. The responses of 70 people were analysed with the help of SPSS 22.0; descriptive statistics, 2-sample T-probes, Mann-Whitney probes, analyses of variance and correlations were calculated (p<0.05). High level of dental fear was detected by 30% of the included children. There was no correlation between the dental fear of the parents and their children’s. Dental fear had no effect on the frequency of tooth-brushing. Children’s dental fear had no correlation with either previous painful experiences at the dentist’s or the temperament of the child. Dental fear is present among children and not only family but dental hygienists might play an important role in reducing it. ]


  1. Professional Dental System Budapest
  2. Szegedi Tudományegyetem Egészségtudományi és Szociális Képzési Kar
  3. MESZK Csongrád-Csanád Megyei Területi Szervezet



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