Fox News (2/17,Kwan) recently reported on a study of 132 parent /child groups who presented to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for their first dental visit. The study compared the behavior of the children of “authoritative” parents with those of “permissive” parents at that visit and also the amount of tooth decay present. The children were between 3 and 6 years old. The study found that not only do the children of authoritative parents have less decay that the children of permissive parents, but that they also had a better first experience at the dental office. This better experience at their first appointment would seemingly lead to a better lifetime attitude by the children to dental care. The researchers are hoping to take this study to private practices to see if they experience the same results. Chesterfield general dentist Earl R. Larson, DDS, at Wildhorse Dental thinks this study confirms what he has seen through 32 years of private practice, but adds you should combine a soft bristle brush with that firm parenting style.