Does Your Child Need A Filling?
Did you recently learn that your child needs a filling due to a pesky cavity? You might be surprised to learn that cavities in children are a common occurrence. Once a cavity is detected, we will recommend scheduling an appointment for a filling.
A filling is when material is placed into a decaying tooth in order to restore its function. It can be used to treat decay in baby and permanent teeth. If this is your child’s first cavity, we know that it can be a little nerve-racking for child and parent alike. We want to share some tips to help your child stay calm. Continue reading to learn more about these tips.
Tips to Help Prepare Your Child For Their First Filling
Many adults experience fear when visiting the dentist even when they know what is going to happen during their appointment, so it is no surprise that many children are timid or become anxious when visiting our office. This is heightened when they need a treatment such as a filling. The most important tip that we can share with parents is not to transfer their fear to their children. Visiting the dentist should always be spoken about in a positive tone to help children feel at ease. Having a great attitude can go a long way with helping your child feel comfortable.
We also recommend being honest with your child. Answer any questions about the treatment as best you can. We will also be sure to explain the process and answer any questions your child may have at the beginning of their appointment. We also recommend:
Scheduling the appointment on a day that is not hectic with events
Allowing your child to bring an item of comfort, such as a favorite stuffed animal
To help eliminate the possibility of your child developing additional cavities in the future, it is important that they stay up to date on their hygiene examinations. We recommend that children and adults visit our office every six months for a routine appointment. During these appointments, we can target problem areas and even suggest using a sealant to help prevent future cavities.
If you need to schedule a filling appointment or hygiene examination for you or your child, call our office located in Burton, MI as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you soon.